Knowledge and Behaviors Towards Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Among University Nursing Students During their Studies

Introduction: The Sexually Transmitted Diseases have emerged as complex health threats to the world population. Sexually active higher education students are classified as a high-risk population in terms of sexual ill-health and are considered more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors. Aim: The purpose of the study is to investigate if STDs related knowledge and behaviours differ among fresher’ s and seniors’ nursing students in a University. MaterialMethod: A cross-sectional survey conducted among 178 fresher’s and seniors nursing students, using a structured, self-administered questionnaire. Results: The senior students have a very satisfying level of knowledge and significantly less incorrect perceptions than the first year students, in relation to STD, the ways of transmittance and protection from them. However, in high percentages, as well as the fresher’s, they manifest unsafe sexual behaviours. Many students don’t consider as dangerous for STDs the oral or anal sex and they don’t use condom. Conclusions: In conclusion, the sexual behaviour of the students isn’t influenced by the extent of their knowledge. The incorrect perceptions could reinforce doubtful sexual behaviours. The data underline the necessity for expansion, planning and application of programs in the universities, for the reduction of sexual risk behaviours of the students.

Category: Volume 55, N 4
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Created Date: 15-12-2016
Authors: Aspasia Panagiotou , George Koulierakis , Panagiotis Prezerakos