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Research Article
Youth Sexual Health: Sexual Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior Among Students at a University in Turkey
1 Namık Kemal University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health, Tekirdağ, Turkey  
2 Namık Kemal University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases, Tekirdağ, Turkey  
3 Namık Kemal University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Tekirdağ, Turkey  
4 Trakya University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health, Edirne, Turkey  
Arch Neuropsychiatry 2014; 51: 222-228
DOI: 10.4274/npa.y6768
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Key Words: Youth health, sexually transmitted disease, sexual health, sexual behavior, contraception
Abstract

Introduction: To determine sexual attitudes, behavior, and knowledge of Namik Kemal University (NKU) students about sexual health and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

 

Method: A sample representing 10% of the undergraduate population of NKU in 2009-2010, was studied. Of 1,500 questionnaires distributed, 1,314 (87.6%) were filled out.

 

Results: The mean age of the respondents (52.9% male) was 20.07±1.75 years. The rate of students who had received sexual health education was 32.0%, and 15.3% had previously used a sexual health service. Eleven percent of the female students and 50.3% of the male students had had sexual intercourse. The average age of initial sexual intercourse was 16.83±2.07 years. Of the studentswho had had sexual intercourse, 46.6% reported that they did not use any contraception method. The most preferred method was condoms (37.6%). The rate of contraceptive use was 58.7% in sexually educated students and 43.9% in those not educated (p=0.004). The most well-known STI was AIDS (96.5%), with sexually educated students giving higher rates of correct answers about STIs (p<0.05)

 

Conclusion: The students who had received sexual health education were more knowledgeable about vital consequences of STI’s, even though it is not sufficient, than sexually active students. Awareness of safe sexual practices and changes in behavior, in particular, promoting condom use should be established in higher risk youths. Deficiencies in knowledge could be addressed by adding a sexual healthtraining component to the university curriculum, and unmet requirements could be met by reorganizing medico-social centers in universities.

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