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Natl J Integr Res Med. 2011; 2(1): 25-28

Perception of RTIs/STDs among Women of Reproductive Age Group in a District of Uttar Pradesh

Arun Singh*, V K Agarwal*, Varsha Chaudhary*, Archana Singh**, Mahendra Sharma*.

A cross sectional study was conducted during May-June 2010 among woman of reproductive age group (15-45 years) in the urban and the rural areas of Bareilly District to asses the level of awareness regarding RTIs/STDs. The two stage cluster sampling technique was adopted. A structured questionnaire was used to interview the study participants during the house to house surveys. Each woman of reproductive age of selected household was interviewed in private about her reproductive history, current knowledge, source of information and modes of transmission of RTIs/STDs. Statistical analysis was done with Epi Info computer software. Standard Normal Variate (SNV) Test for comparison of two groups’ proportion was done; z and p were calculated to know the significance of the proportions of two groups for comparison. Most of the women were aware of RTIs/STDs (80.32%) in urban areas whereas only 27.41% in rural areas were aware of these diseases. The television and radio was the main source of information in both rural (41.17% & 32.94%) and urban areas (TV-90.36%, Radio-48.19%).

Key words: Perception, RTIs(Reproductive Tract Infections), STDs(Sexually transmitted Diseases)

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