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ERIC Number: EJ891745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Knowledge of Sexually Transmitted infections among High School Students
Nsuami, M. Jacques; Sanders, Ladatra S.; Taylor, Stephanie N.
American Journal of Health Education, v41 n4 p206-217 Jul-Aug 2010
Background: It has not been determined conclusively whether greater knowledge of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is associated with lower rates of STIs. Purpose: This study sought to determine STI knowledge among high school students and factors associated with such knowledge, and to determine whether poor STI knowledge is associated with chlamydia or gonorrhea infection. Methods: Students in an urban United States school district serving a predominantly African American student population participated in a urine-based chlamydia and gonorrhea screening. Participants (N = 3563) were surveyed about their knowledge of selected basic facts concerning STIs. Point-scores were assigned to knowledge items. Results: The mean knowledge score was 3.65 (range: 0 to 6; median: 4.00). In a multiple regression analysis, knowledge score was significantly associated with female gender (P less than 0.001), upper grade level (P less than 0.001) and a past infection with chlamydia or gonorrhea (P = 0.001). In logistic regressions, knowledge score was not significantly associated with current infections with chlamydia (P = 0.22) or gonorrhea (P = 0.74). Discussion: There was an insufficient basic knowledge of STIs among students and a lack of association between knowledge and current infections with chlamydia and gonorrhea. Translation to Health Education Practice: Health education curricula taught throughout the high school years should incorporate basic facts concerning STIs. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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