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Sexual behaviour, attitudes and knowledge about sexually transmitted infections: A cross-sectional study in Romania

Alecsandra Iulia Grad ; Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Simona Corina Senila ; Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Rodica Cosgarea ; Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Alexandru Dumitru Tataru ; Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Stefan Cristian Vesa ; Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Mihaela Laura Vica orcid id orcid.org/0000-0003-0811-0821 ; Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Horea Vladi Matei ; Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Loredana Ungureanu orcid id orcid.org/0000-0001-8535-9677 ; Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania


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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are serious public health problems. Little is known about sex knowledge, attitudes, and sexual behaviors among young adults in Romania; an effective preventive campaigns should be based on an appropriate understanding of these factors.The aim of the present study was to obtain data about sexual behavior, attitudes, and knowledge about STIs among university students aged 18-25 in Romania.3872 persons completed an internet-based questionnaire, advertised on Facebook, regarding sexual behavior, attitudes, and knowledge about STIs from January 28 to February 28, 2016.6.01% of the respondents had no sexual experience; of the remaining (N=3639, 945 men and 2694 women) 94% were heterosexual, 1.5% homosexual, and 4.6% bisexual. 53.7% of the respondents started their sexual activity between 14 and 18 years of age; only 2.3% become sexually active before 14 years of age. 30% of both sexes reported multiple sexual partners during the previous year. 25.9% of men and 23.3% of women used no contraception at sexual onset, the proportion being higher among those with an early sexual debut. 98% of the respondents knew that HIV could be contracted sexually, 75.8% knew that gonorrhea and 61.1% that Chlamydia trachomatis were sexually transmitted, and approximately one third knew that trichomoniasis and hepatitis B or C were STIs. We found a relatively high proportion of students engaged in risky sexual behaviors and insufficient knowledge about STIs. The results are important in planning future sexual education campaigns and they call for new preventive strategies.

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sexual behaviour, STIs, youth

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199814

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https://hrcak.srce.hr/199814

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