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Knowledge and attitudes about reproductive health and HIV/AIDS among family planning clients

Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal. 1996; 2 (3): 459-469.

Knowledge and attitudes about reproductive health and HIV/AIDS among family planning clients

Megeid AA, El Sheikh S, El Ginedy M, Mohammed M.

ABSTRACT

The knowledge of and attitudes towards reproductive health, and in particular STDs and AIDS, were assessed in 4000 women attending primary health care/family planning facilities in Alexandria, Egypt. In all, 66% did not know the significance of the term reproductive health and 50% considered female circumcision necessary. Of the 69% of women using contraceptives, 93% were using interuterine devices. The majority knew about AIDS but did not know that the use of condoms can prevent transmission of STDs, including HIV. A comprehensive programme should be initiated to increase public awareness of the issues of reproductive health.

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