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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 198-202

Knowledge and attitude about sexually transmitted diseases among youth in Saudi Arabia

1 Department of Urology, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Urology, College of Medicine, Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Tala Al-Afraa
Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/UA.UA_14_17

PMID: 29719334

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Background: Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are one of the most serious diseases in the world. Our aim was to explore the knowledge and attitude about STDs among the youth. Patients and Methods: This cross-sectional survey was conducted from August 1 to August 13, 2016. Male and female youth between 18 and 25 years were invited to participate in the survey using social media open to all Internet users consisting of questions and statements about STDs, and then the data were analyzed Results: We received 5040 responses to the survey; out of these participants 76.6% were females and 23.4% were males with a mean age 21.5 and most of them were single (85.1%). We noticed that most of the respondents selected the Internet (71.7%) as the main source of their knowledge about STDs followed by school, television, and others, respectively. In spite of, 94.08% knew that human immunodeficiency virus/AIDS is an STD, only 43.61% knew that herpes simplex virus is an STD, and only 31.03% knew that Chlamydia is an STD. A high percent (93.1%) agreed that sexual intercourse transmits STDs. Only 59.6% agreed that condom does not provide complete protection from STDs. To our surprise, only 55% considered themselves capable of protecting themselves against STDs. About 95.8% of the participants agreed that STDs should be taught in schools, while 4.2% disagreed. Conclusion: We noticed a lack of participant's knowledge regarding the types, mode of transmission, and the ways of protections from STDs and their desire to find out information about STDs. Hence, awareness programs about STDs should be started that aim at encouraging youth to follow our religion and culture.

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