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Exploration of knowledge, attitudes and percepions regarding sexually transmitted infections among patients attending a primary health care clinic in Gauteng - Part 1

T.J. Molapo, T.M.M. Maja, S.C.D. Wright
Curationis | Vol 30, No 4 | a1113 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v30i4.1113 | © 2007 T.J. Molapo, T.M.M. Maja, S.C.D. Wright | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2007 | Published: 28 September 2007

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T.J. Molapo, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
T.M.M. Maja, Department of Nursing Science, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
S.C.D. Wright, Department of Nursing Science, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

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Abstract

Sexually transmitted infections are a major public health problem in South Africa. The high incidence and prevalence of sexually transmitted infections in South Africa pose a serious threat to public health for two main reasons. Firstly, the long-term consequences of these infections are a major cause of loss of health or life, and secondly, sexually transmitted infections are important co-factors in driving the human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) epidemic. The control and prevention of sexually transmitted infections has become an urgent priority. At a primary health care clinic, the nursing personnel experienced an increasing number of persons daily seeking treatment for sexually transmitted infections. The purpose of the study was therefore to investigate the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of people seeking treatment at Stanza Bopape Clinic regarding sexually transmitted infections. The study was a contextual, quantitative survey. The population was all patients (15 years and older) who visited the clinic for a health-related problem during November 2004 to January 2005. The sampling method was convenient. The data gathering method was self-report using a structured questionnaire basic on current knowledge. The data analysis was done with descriptive statistics.

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