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Sexually transmitted infections and health seeking behaviour among Ghanaian women in Accra

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The study was to measure the prevalence of sexually transmitted infection (STI) symptoms among women in Accra, Ghana, to identify characteristics that predispose to STI symptoms and to identify factors that influence health-seeking behaviour of women with STI symptoms. Data were collected by trained interviewers through questionnaire interviews of 3183 women. Data analysis was restricted to 1329 women with complete data. Only 19% of our study group had STI symptoms. Only 35% of the women with STI symptoms received care. Having high wealth index, being older and having no history of condom use were protective factors for experiencing STI symptoms. Seeking care was associated with increased by high wealth index and the presence of an offensive vaginal odour. Income level on its own did not affect health seeking behavior. Wealth index is the most significant determinant of a woman having STI symptoms and seeking care in Accra.

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Adanu, Richard M.K., Hill, Allan G., Seffah, Joseph D., Darko, Rudolph, Anarfi, John K. and Duda, Rosemary B. (2008) Sexually transmitted infections and health seeking behaviour among Ghanaian women in Accra African Journal of Reproductive Health, 12, (3), pp. 151-158. (PMID:19435019).

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Published date: December 2008
Organisations: Social Statistics & Demography

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Local EPrints ID: 340398
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/340398
ISSN: 1118-4841
PURE UUID: f826f224-4686-45a6-b49a-594fe9e021a9

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Date deposited: 20 Jun 2012 14:22
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:44

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Author: Richard M.K. Adanu
Author: Allan G. Hill
Author: Joseph D. Seffah
Author: Rudolph Darko
Author: John K. Anarfi
Author: Rosemary B. Duda

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