Women’s knowledge, beliefs and attitude towardsexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS (HIV)

Amera Bekhatroh Rashed; Nevin Adel Amer Ismael; Azza
Ismail El Sayed; Watin Arif Alkhelaiwi; Miad Janab Alruwaili;
Haifa Abdullah Alfouzan; Zeinab Abd El Fattah Ali Hamada*

The study assessed women’s knowledge, beliefs and attitude towards Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), especially human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). A descriptive co-relational cross-sectional study was conducted on 268 married women at two family planning clinic in the Maternal and Child Health Centres in Shebin El-Kom, Egypt. A structured questionnaire containing socio-demographic data included the medical, surgical and obstetric history with knowledge, beliefs and attitude.

The mean age of studied women was 30.8 ± 5.7 years; 54% of the sample were from urban residents, about half of them had secondary education, 57% had enough income and 52.2% were employed. The study outcomes showed that 38% of did not know about STDs. Most women (72.4%) had negative beliefs and about one-third of women (64.9%) had a negative attitude towards STDs especially for HIV. There was a significant correlation between women’s perception (knowledge, beliefs and attitude) towards STD with age, level of education, residence, income and occupation.