Knowledge of Sexually Transmitted Infections among Homeless People in Municipal Shelter

Verulava, Tengiz and Khuchua, Lana and Kachkachishvili, Iago and Jorbenadze, Revaz (2018) Knowledge of Sexually Transmitted Infections among Homeless People in Municipal Shelter. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 38 (4). pp. 245-249. ISSN 15413519

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Health problems are substantially increased in homeless populations, who have higher prevalence’s of infectious diseases than do general population. They have relatively earlier onset of sexual activity and due to lack of information, many facilities for the practice of unprotected sex, low level of condom usage, which increases the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This study aims to identify the knowledge and prevention of Sexually Transmitted infections among homeless people. An analytic cross-sectional study was conducted in a Tbilisi municipal shelter. Within the framework of the quantitative research, the beneficiaries were interviewed with a self-administered questionnaire. Most of the respondents (98%) have heard about STIs, but their health literacy is low. Whereas respondents knew the risk factors for STIs, they had a high degree of risk taking sexual behavior evidenced by the very low percentage using condoms (15.2%) and a large proportion having multiple partners (54.3%). It is necessary to raise awareness about STIs, promote sexual education of respondents at the municipal shelter.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: homeless, health education, sexually transmitted infections, sexual behavior
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HL Healthcare Policy and Management
H Social Sciences > HO Public Health
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Centres > Insurance and Public Health Center
Depositing User: Professor Tengiz Verulava
Date Deposited: 13 May 2019 15:57
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 15:57

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