Awareness regarding sexually transmitted infections among secondary level students in selected schools of Bharatpur
Puja Sharma and Prativa Dhakal
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) imposed a tremendous health burden on both young man and women and major public health concern in both industrialized and developing countries. STIs rank among the five most important causes of healthy productive life loss in developing countries. So the study was conducted to find out the awareness regarding sexually transmitted infections among secondary level schools students. A descriptive cross-sectional study design was carried out on the 12 class students of three different government schools of Bharatpur. Total of 89 students were enrolled. After taking consent, data were collected by using simple random sampling technique using self-developed semi structured questionnaire. Obtained data was entered in Epi Data 3.1 and exported into IBM SPSS version 20. Data were analyzed in terms of descriptive statistics (mean, median and standard deviation) and inferential statistics (χ 2).Among 89 respondents, the level of awareness on students was adequate which is just more than half (57.3%). There is statistically significant association between respondent’s religion (p=0.042), educational level of respondent’s father (p=0.025) and level of awareness regarding STIs The present study showed more than just half of the respondents have adequate awareness regarding STIs but not everyone were aware. Further research in this area is acquired to get wider perspective of student’s awareness on STIs, to help prevent future spreading of STIs.