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Reproductive Health

, 12:77

First Online: 29 August 2015Received: 27 June 2014Accepted: 12 August 2015DOI: 10.1186-s12978-015-0070-3

Cite this article as: Soleymani, S., Abdul Rahman, H., Lekhraj, R. et al. Reprod Health 2015 12: 77. doi:10.1186-s12978-015-0070-3

Abstract

BackgroundThe main sexual and reproductive health issues among young people are premarital sexual intercourse, unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions and sexually transmitted diseases including Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The aim of this study was to determine the knowledge related to sexual and reproductive health among Malaysian postgraduate students in a public university in Malaysia.

MethodsA cross-sectional study was carried out among postgraduate students by systematic random sampling technique. A pre-tested self administered questionnaire was used to collect the data.

ResultsOut of 434 respondents, the majority of students were female 78.6 % and single 78.3 %. The overall mean age of respondents was 27.0 ranging from 20 to 46 years of age. The main sources of information for sexual and reproductive health awareness were the internet 78.6 % and newspaper 61.8 %. The majority 97.9 % of the students knew that AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease. Most of them believed that the spread of sexually transmitted diseases was through shaking hands 92.1 %. Use of condoms was perceived to be the best way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases 88.4 %. Sexual and reproductive health knowledge was significantly associated with the students’ age, marital status and faculty. The socio-demographic factors and current educational status accounted for a significant 9 % of the variability in sexual and reproductive health knowledge, f 7, 426 = 11, p <0.001.

ConclusionsThe postgraduate students’ level of knowledge on sexual and reproductive health was not satisfactory. Sexual and reproductive health knowledge was associated with the students’ marital status and faculty. Intervention programs related to sexual and reproductive health are recommended.

AbbreviationsAIDSAcquired immune deficiency syndrome

CDCCenters for disease control and prevention

MLRMultiple linear regression

HIVHuman immunodeficiency virus

SRHSexual and reproductive health

STDSexually transmitted disease

UPMUniversiti Putra Malaysia

UNAIDSUnited Nation Joint Program on HIV-AIDS

UNGASSUnited Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV-AIDS

WHOThe World Health Organization

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Autor: Shahla Soleymani - Hejar Abdul Rahman - Rampal Lekhraj - Nor Afiah Mohd Zulkefli - Nasrin Matinnia

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