Preventive behavior of sexually transmitted diseases among high school students in Vientiane, Lao P.D.R

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Viengsavanh Khitthiphong
Nate Hongkailert
Jutatip Sillabutra Sillabutra

Abstract

This study was conducted in Vientiane Capital City, Lao P.D.R. The study aimed to identify preven-
tive behavior regarding sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The study sample was 275 high school
students of grades 5-7 by using simple random sampling.The data were collected by using a self-administered
questionnaire and analyzed by using descriptive statistics and multiple logistic regressions. A questionnaire
consisted of 5 parts:- Socio-demographic, communication towards STDs, perception of STDs preventive,
knowledge of STDs and behavior, and STDs preventive,
The study revealed that the average age of the respondents was 17.23 years old (SD = 0.99), and the
range of age was 15-19 years old. About 51% were male. The majority of them (81.1%) stayed with their
parents. Most of them (60.7%) practiced good STDs preventive behavior. Communication towards STDs
preventive was significantly associated with STDs preventive behavior (OR = 2.37, 95% CI = 1.30-3.71)
when adjusting for other factors in the model.
Regarding the findings, it is necessary to provide appropriate STDs and safe sex education among high
school students and arrange a proper environment in which students are able to discuss sexual and related
problems with their teachers. It is also important to encourage them to continuously practise safe sex for
STDs preventive since they had good STDs preventive behavior.

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Khitthiphong V, Hongkailert N, Sillabutra JS. Preventive behavior of sexually transmitted diseases among high school students in Vientiane, Lao P.D.R. J Public Hlth Dev [Internet]. 2014 Dec. 30 [cited 2024 Apr. 16];12(3):65-77. Available from: https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/AIHD-MU/article/view/27748
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