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IJMDC. 2020; 4(6): 981-988

Knowledge and attitudes of sexually transmitted infections among medical students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Abdulaziz Abuabat, Abdulrahman Alfarhan, Raed Alahmari, Waleed Alanazi, Abdulaziz AlJaafary, Sajida Agha, Aamir Omair, Nazish Masud.

ABSTRACT

Background: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are among the most common diseases worldwide, putting great pressure on healthcare systems with health, financial, and social implications. However, they are a class of diseases that are preventable due to them having limited routes of transmission. The control of STIs is effectively done through the promotion of preventive and safe sexual practices. This prevention began by assessing the current state of knowledge of undergraduate medical students. This study was conducted to assess the knowledge and attitudes of future educators, i.e., medical students, toward STIs. Methods: A questionnaire-based, cross-sectional study was conducted among male, undergraduate, medical students of three major universities in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, namely King Saud University, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, and Alfaisal University. Results: The total number of participants in this study was 387 students. Out of them, 22% were from Alfaisal University, 36% were from King Saud University, and 41% were from King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. There were no significant differences between the different variables and attitudes toward STIs. However, there was a statistically significant relationship between the level of knowledge and academic year, phase, university, and type of school. Conclusion: This study clearly indicates gaps in the knowledge of medical students in the three designated universities, with Alfaisal scoring the highest in knowledge among them. Further research should investigate the reason behind this gap and the best method to address it. Moreover, additional emphasis on the knowledge of STIs and prevention should be implemented into the curriculums.

Keywords:
Cross-sectional, knowledge, attitude, STI, medical students.


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Knowledge and attitudes of sexually transmitted infections among medical students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Authors
Abdulaziz Abuabat
King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
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Abdulrahman Alfarhan
King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
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Raed Alahmari
King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
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Waleed Alanazi
King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
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Abdulaziz AlJaafary
King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
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Sajida Agha
King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
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Aamir Omair
King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
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Nazish Masud
King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences.
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Correspondence to:
. Abdulaziz Abuabat, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences.; abdulazizabuabat@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 04 May 2020
Accepted 10 Jun 2020
Published online 18 Jun 2020
Published in print 25 Jun 2020

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Abuabat A, Alfarhan A, Alahmari R, Alanazi W, AlJaafary A, Agha S, Omair A, Masud N. Knowledge and attitudes of sexually transmitted infections among medical students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(6): 981-988. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1588598905


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Abuabat A, Alfarhan A, Alahmari R, Alanazi W, AlJaafary A, Agha S, Omair A, Masud N. Knowledge and attitudes of sexually transmitted infections among medical students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=104432 [Access: July 14, 2020]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1588598905


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Abuabat A, Alfarhan A, Alahmari R, Alanazi W, AlJaafary A, Agha S, Omair A, Masud N. Knowledge and attitudes of sexually transmitted infections among medical students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(6): 981-988. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1588598905


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Abuabat A, Alfarhan A, Alahmari R, Alanazi W, AlJaafary A, Agha S, Omair A, Masud N. Knowledge and attitudes of sexually transmitted infections among medical students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2020), [cited July 14, 2020]; 4(6): 981-988. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1588598905


Harvard Style

Abuabat, A., Alfarhan, . A., Alahmari, . R., Alanazi, . W., AlJaafary, . A., Agha, . S., Omair, . A. & Masud, . N. (2020) Knowledge and attitudes of sexually transmitted infections among medical students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 4 (6), 981-988. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1588598905


Turabian Style

Abuabat, Abdulaziz, Abdulrahman Alfarhan, Raed Alahmari, Waleed Alanazi, Abdulaziz AlJaafary, Sajida Agha, Aamir Omair, and Nazish Masud. 2020. Knowledge and attitudes of sexually transmitted infections among medical students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (6), 981-988. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1588598905


Chicago Style

Abuabat, Abdulaziz, Abdulrahman Alfarhan, Raed Alahmari, Waleed Alanazi, Abdulaziz AlJaafary, Sajida Agha, Aamir Omair, and Nazish Masud. "Knowledge and attitudes of sexually transmitted infections among medical students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 981-988. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1588598905


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Abuabat, Abdulaziz, Abdulrahman Alfarhan, Raed Alahmari, Waleed Alanazi, Abdulaziz AlJaafary, Sajida Agha, Aamir Omair, and Nazish Masud. "Knowledge and attitudes of sexually transmitted infections among medical students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.6 (2020), 981-988. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1588598905


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Abuabat, A., Alfarhan, . A., Alahmari, . R., Alanazi, . W., AlJaafary, . A., Agha, . S., Omair, . A. & Masud, . N. (2020) Knowledge and attitudes of sexually transmitted infections among medical students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (6), 981-988. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1588598905


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