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Knowledge about STD among Women and Men Clients from Public Healthcare Services at Campinas, SP, Brazil

Knowledge about STD among Women and Men Clients from Public Healthcare Services at Campinas, SP, Brazil

Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STD) figures out as a challenge for Public health as it is a frequent reason to search for health care. Information/education is an efficient way to improve prevention and to avoid transmission and dissemination of STD. To investigate the knowledge of women and men clients from public healthcare services about STD and its prevention.

Descriptive study with 287 women and 252 men clients from public healthcare services interviewed from February to April 2012. It was analyzed the STD they reported to know spontaneously and after stimulation questions, the number of STD known and their knowledge about STD prevention. Only 1% of the participants did not know STD. Among those who have heard about STD, AIDS was the most known (100%). From a list of 13 diseases, only 1% of the respondents spontaneously mentioned eight STD or more, after stimulation this number raised to 35% among women and 37% among men. Regarding their knowledge on STD prevention most women and men were aware that condom must be used in all sexual relation but around three fifth also thought that by choosing a “clean” partner they would prevent a STD. The results point out to the necessity of improving the education about STD, as well as to emphasize the relation between HIV contamination and other STD.

Areas of Interest / Categories: Sexually Transmitted Disease, WAS 2013

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