Knowledge and Perceived risk of Sexually Transmitted

Knowledge and Perceived risk of Sexually Transmitted

Author by Mrs. Titilayo Olaoye

Journal/Publisher: Journal Of Public And Allied Health Sciences

Volume/Edition: 2

Language: English

Pages: 2 - 9


Young adults tend to underestimate their risk of contracting Sexually
Transmitted Diseases (STDs). An estimated 27% of young adults are

reported to be sexually active and most are students in the university and
consider themselves at low or no risk when they are actually at moderate
to high risk of contracting STDs. The aim of the study was to determine
the Knowledge and Perceived risk of STIs among Babcock University
Students. The study employed a descriptive cross-sectional design to
collect information from three hundred and eighty undergraduates of
Babcock University enrolled in the study by stratified sampling technique
following obtaining consent to participate. Data were collected using
validated structured questionnaire and analyzed using the computerassisted software Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version
17 to generate frequency distribution of responses. Results showed that
the age of 71 (57%) respondents were between 20-24 years. All
respondents had heard of STDs and 250 (83.3%) of the respondents
reported first receiving information about STDs from their school.
Respondents’ level of knowledge was 19 measured on a 25-point rating
scale indicating a high level of knowledge. There was an average level of
perceived risk with a mean score of 28±6.83 on a scale of 44-point scale.
In conclusion, Babcock University undergraduates are aware of STDs but
think they are not at any significant risk of infection because they believe
that they are not exposed. Hence, there is need to create STD awareness
days to sensitize the students on the consequences of risky sexual


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