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Sexual practice associated with knowledge in adolescents in ninth grade.
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PMID:  22759847     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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INTRODUCTION: The aim of the present study was to reveal any association of sexual practice with knowledge about sex education, reproductive physiology and abortion. The study was performed in a non-intervention setting to minimize information bias.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: A cross-sectional questionnaire was handed out without prior notice to all ninth grade pupils in the Municipality of Viborg, Denmark, in 2007.
RESULTS: We found that sexual debut was associated with a greater probability of knowing that chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Knowledge of chlamydia was strongly associated with knowledge about the first symptom of pregnancy. A high general level of knowledge of STI was associated with the father being the source of the knowledge among pupils who had not yet had their sexual debut (p < 0.04) and among girls (p < 0.04). The general of knowledge of STI was associated with knowing the first signs of pregnancy and the criteria for legal abortion. A high level of knowledge of STI was significantly associated with the use of contraceptives to avoid pregnancy. The vast majority of condom users (81% compared to 56% of pill users) stated protection against STI as a reason for using contraception (p < 0.006). Concern about the partner´s opinion was more outspoken among condom users than among pill users (19% versus 6%, condom versus pill users, p < 0.035).
CONCLUSION: Discrepancy between sexual knowledge and practice is a fact. The discrepancy, however, varies according to sexual experience, gender and whether the respondent´s actual behaviour aimed at avoiding unwanted pregnancy or STI.
FUNDING: not relevant.
TRIAL REGISTRATION: not relevant.
Authors:
Finn Friis Lauszus; Jacob Lauesgaard Nielsen; Jane Boelskifte; Jørgen Falk
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Danish medical journal     Volume:  59     ISSN:  2245-1919     ISO Abbreviation:  Dan Med J     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101576205     Medline TA:  Dan Med J     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  A4474     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Gynækologisk-obstetrisk Afdeling, Regionshospitalet Herning, Gl. Landevej 61, 7400 Herning, Denmark. finlau@rm.dk.
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