General News on Sunday, February 3, 2019
Ask young people of sexually transmitted infections and you will be surprised at their depth of knowledge on the issue.
That is a discovery by Dr. Rex Senyo Amedo, then a final year medical student at Kwame Nkrumah, University of Science and Technology.
He tried to assess the knowledge, perception and practices of young people in relation to STIs and HIV-AIDS
"We wanted to know if this was translating to the perception of risk and that the perception was also translated into safer sexual habits," he noted.
Of 346 students interviewed at Metropolis Sekondi-Takoradi, only 48% could accurately define STI.
Respondents for young people were also found to be involved in three types of sexual practice: oral, analytical and pheno-vagina.
The research found that 43% of those who correctly defined STIs believe they are a low risk. Only half of the respondents are sexually active and using condoms.
A good number of young people think, cough, tissue and divide plates into HIV transmission methods.
Dr Amedo says that large stakeholders, Health and Education Ministers, as well as other stakeholders, intensify school health education.
"Although we live in a conservative country, we have more young people who are involved in dangerous sexual behaviors, so we need to be open to getting more conversations with them," he & # 39; n recommend.