Table 3

Knowledge, perceptions and behaviours of girls regarding sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

VariableN (%)
Factual knowledge
 Ever heard of STI348 (86.4%)
 Knew at least gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis are STIs175 (43.4%)
 Knew at least one sign of STI149 (37.0%)
 Knew at least one complication of STI266 (66.0%)
Perceptions and behaviour
 Perceived self as at risk of STIs121 (30.0%)
 Knew that condoms prevent STIs168 (41.7%)
 Currently do use condoms25 (6.2%)
 Believed that condoms are useless (do not help to prevent pregnancies and STIs)106 (26.3%)