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Cognizance of sexually transmitted infections among low-income men in western Kenya.

Abstract

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) pose a worldwide health problem. To improve the efforts of prevention of STIs it is important to gain insight into the awareness of STIs among people in the society.
OBJECTIVE
To describe the cognizance of STIs among low-income men in western Kenya.
METHOD
Data was collected from eight focus groups consisted of 64 men between 15 and 54 years of age. The interviews were audio taped and content analysis was used for the analysis.
FINDINGS
Three categories were derived: Consciousness of STIs, Risk of and prevention of STIs, and Marital relationship and STIs. The results indicate that men had some limited consciousness of STIs but that there were misunderstandings. The treatments the men mentioned were hospital treatment help, from traditional herbalists and self-administration. Condoms were regarded as an effective prevention method, but there were obstacles to using them as well as to talking about STIs within marriage.
CONCLUSION
The study stresses the need to promote cognizance of STIs, including gender aspects, and to reduce the gap between knowing and practising.

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  • Authors

    Wambui T, Ek AC, Alehagen S

    Institution

    Department of Nursing, School of Medicine, Moi University, Kenya. teresaw006@yahoo.com

    Source

    Sexual & reproductive healthcare : official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives 2:4 2011 Nov pg 169-73

    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Adult
    Communication
    Comprehension
    Condoms
    Focus Groups
    Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
    Hospitals
    Humans
    Kenya
    Male
    Marriage
    Medicine, Traditional
    Middle Aged
    Phytotherapy
    Poverty
    Self Care
    Sexual Behavior
    Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    Tape Recording
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22055986