Abstract
PERCEPTION AND ATTITUDE OF SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TOWARDS SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STDS) IN ORLU L.G.A, IMO STATE.

Ibebuike J.E.*, Nwokike I.G., Ibebuike K.E., Ekweozor U.C., Iquiro A.A., Nnorom R.M. and Emesonwu A.

ABSTRACT

This project work investigated perception and attitude of senior secondary school students towards sexually transmitted disease (STDs) in Orlu L. GA., Imo State. The study was carried out to determine what senior secondary school students in Orlu L. GA., understand by STDs, to ascertain students perception on the cause and models of transmission of STDs to assess students’ knowledge about the resultant effects of STDs on the health future of these students and to ascertain students’ attitudes towards STDs and their willingness to adopt various preventive measures of STDs. The researcher picked up this research topic so as to get abreast with common STDs, causes, effect, modes of transmission and the various ways of preventing STD occurrence. Survey design method was used for the study and questionnaire with open and close-ended questions served as instruments for data collection from the study. Simple sizes of 269 senior secondary school students were used to represent the entire population. Results obtained show that majority of this students are only aware of HI V/A IDS as an STDs with little or no knowledge of other STDs, few agreed that they know some negative impact of STDs it was also found that most of this students have experienced sex without protection like condom. However, the students know abstinence is the best preventive measures for STDs and infected persons should go and see a qualify doctor.

Keywords: perception, attitude, senior secondary school students, sexually transmitted diseases.


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