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P11.08 Knowledge of sexually transmitted disease risk among men who have sex with men
  1. Salil C,
  2. E Jeptanui
  1. Department of Sexology, Information Centre for HIV Prevention, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret, Kenya

Abstract

Introduction Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are the most frequent among Infectious diseases. In pathogenesis of the diseases that can be transmitted during sexual intercourse among, the most important is the problem of infected Anal secretions’ transfer. That transfer may happen directly during the Anal’s mucosa. The objective of the studies was risk awareness on STDs knowledge among men who have sex with men (MSM).

Methods To describe the problem, the studies were done on 50 men of which 60% were MSMs, and 30% were Bisexual. The survey was carried out using internet, through the web page for Homosexuals. The research was based on Personal Questionnaire; concerning demographical data, question about sexuality and knowledge of STD.

Results Almost half of the Men participating in the studies considered the level of their knowledge of STDs infection prevention were good. Most of them (ca.75%) reported that has never suffered an STD before. About 52% of the participants had problems to define infection risk in different sexual practices correctly, as well as to point out infection tracts. The biggest problem for them was to connect typical symptoms with particular diseases. However almost all participants assumed any STD’s symptoms appearance is an indication for immediate medical attention.

Conclusions Although the prevailing parts of the participants were convinced to be well –informed about STDs, their knowledge was not deep – what can increase STDs infection risk.

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