International Journal of Advanced Medical and Health Research

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 9--15

Knowledge and perceptions of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health among female students in Dhaka, Bangladesh


Sabrina Zaman Mou1, Faiz Ahmed Bhuiya2, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam3 
1 Department of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2 International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh
3 International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Center for International Health (CIH), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitšt (LMU), Munich, Germany

Correspondence Address:
Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam
Center for Control of Chronic Disease (CCCD), International Center for Diarohheal Disease Research, 68, Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Sarani, Mohakhali, Dhaka - 1212, Bangladesh

Background: Young people are most vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Bangladesh. Lack of knowledge about reproductive health issues is also common in this group. Aims: This study aimed to assess the knowledge and perceptions of STDs, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health of young female university students (19-27 years) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out among 402 female students from seven universities in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews using a structured questionnaire on sociodemographic information, knowledge, and perceptions of STDs, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health. Descriptive analysis was used, and data were presented as frequencies and percentages. Results: The majority of the participants were young, unmarried, undergraduate students. Most of the participants reported that they knew about STDs (79%) and HIV/AIDS (66%). However, knowledge about the modes of transmission and prevention of the diseases was poor. HIV/AIDS was considered by 90% participants as a public health threat to Bangladesh, mostly due to illiteracy (76%), increased mortality (20%), existence of risky sexual behavior (18%), and aggression of Western culture (31%). About 65% of the participants mentioned that AIDS can be prevented by safe sexual practice, 55% mentioned prevention through upholding religious values and moral education, and 59% mentioned that education about AIDS would help prevent transmission. Conclusions: Although a majority of young Bangladeshi female students reported knowing about HIV/AIDS, their knowledge regarding transmission and prevention of the diseases was poor. Strategies for creating reproductive health education targeted at young female students are essential for the prevention of STDs and HIV/AIDS.


How to cite this article:
Mou SZ, Bhuiya FA, Islam SM. Knowledge and perceptions of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health among female students in Dhaka, Bangladesh.Int J Adv Med Health Res 2015;2:9-15


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Mou SZ, Bhuiya FA, Islam SM. Knowledge and perceptions of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health among female students in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Int J Adv Med Health Res [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Sep 21 ];2:9-15
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