Background/introduction Gonorrhoea is a public health problem due to rising incidence and antimicrobial resistance. Health education is a proven health intervention. Planning interventions requires understanding of views of target groups.
Aim(s)/objectives Describe subjective knowledge of gonorrhoea and preferred methods of health education in individuals presenting with gonorrhoea. Identify differences across specified age groups and sexual orientation.
Methods A prospective study recruited 121 individuals with gonorrhoea. Participants completed a questionnaire. Data from questionnaires were anonymised and analysed.
Results Demographic aspects of this study are presented in a separate abstract. Subjective knowledge about gonorrhoea increases with age and is similar in MSM and heterosexuals. Popularity of mobile Apps decreases with age; 43.8% of 18–24 year olds, compared with 25% of over 44 year olds, regard them as beneficial educational tools. 64%, regardless of age or orientation, favour websites as the educational tool for the public. MSM prefer information on posters in social venues (50.7% vs 27.3% in heterosexuals) or by face-to-face interactions with healthcare workers (52.2% vs 23.3% in heterosexuals). Heterosexuals favoured more information in schools compared to MSM (50% vs 33%).
Discussion/conclusion Web-based information was the preferred education method across age groups and sexualities. Posters in bars and clubs would be a good way to target MSM especially as these venues have already been identified as high risk venues associated with GC infection. Future mobile App development should target 18–24 yr olds.
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