|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 43
Knowledge on sexually transmitted diseases: Different view
Manas Pratim Roy
Department of Pediatrics, Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India
|Date of Web Publication||24-Jun-2016|
Dr. Manas Pratim Roy
Department of Pediatrics, Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Roy MP. Knowledge on sexually transmitted diseases: Different view. Int J Adv Med Health Res 2016;3:43
I read with interest the article on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) by Mou et al. The authors deserve complement for undertaking such effort among the student community. However, certain points need elaboration.
- About the transmission of STDs, it is not clear how does sexual transmission differ from bacteria/virus. For example, if we consider gonorrhea, a bacterium is transmitted by sexual intercourse. How did the authors classify it? Bacteria or sexual intercourse? In case it was an open-ended question, there are possibilities that such nonspecific answers may come up. Similar confusion arises about causation of AIDS as HIV and virus are kept as different options. It should have been clarified by the authors for bringing clarity in their article.
- About 79% students knew about STDs, but 85% is expressing their views about building awareness among common people. Those 19% who did not know about STDs had supposedly not come in contact with advertisement, textbook, or campaign about STDs and yet they are suggesting these media! This is, again, a point where further explanation would have cleared doubt among the readers.
- It is not clear how authors defined the Western culture aggression. If someone wants to repeat the study at a different location, he/she would require such details.
- How did they expect nonmedical students to know about Kaposi sarcoma or lymphoid intestinal pneumonia and how did they explain the diseases to them? The same could be asked about combination therapy for AIDS treatment.
- The study found that 38% of the students knew about sexual intercourse as the route of transmission of AIDS, but 65% suggested safe sex for prevention. Moreover, denominator is the same for both the proportions. In a questionnaire-based study on knowledge, this type of discrepancy between knowledge about causation and prevention may occur. The authors may mention about the same among limitations of the study.
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| References|| |
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.