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Title:Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, sexual behaviour and prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among female students of the University of Buea, Cameroon
Authors:Nkuo-Akenji, Theresa
Nkwesheu, A.
Nyasa, R.
Tallah, E.
Ndip, R.
Year:2007
Periodical:African Journal of AIDS Research (ISSN 1608-5906)
Volume:6
Issue:2
Period:August
Pages:157-163
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:AIDS
sexually transmitted diseases
sexuality
women students
Education and Training
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.2989/16085900709490410
Abstract:This paper investigates the cognitive effect of knowledge and protective practices on the prevalence of HIV and some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among female students of the University of Buea, Cameroon. A cross-sectional study involving the analysis of a questionnaire completed by 522 female students and the voluntary testing of 108 sexually active females for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea was carried out. Knowledge of the protective effects of abstinence, condom use and fidelity were independent of sexual practices. The prevalence of HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea among the participants tested was 3.9 percent, 6.1 percent, 24.1 and 30.1 percent, respectively. The paper concludes that relatively high prevalence of STIs among female students of the University of Buea stems from inadequate knowledge of the major modes of STI/HIV transmission and inadequate use of preventive methods. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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