Knowledge, Attitude and Practice towards sexually transmitted infections and condom utilization among daily laborers engaged in the construction sector in Laga Tafo Area, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa Universty


Background: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a group of infections transmitted through unsafe sexual intercourse. Promotion of condom use is the simplest and cost effective strategies for preventing sexually transmitted diseases. However, condom utilization among adults in Ethiopia is not satisfactory. Objectives: To assess knowledge, attitude and practice towards sexually transmitted infections and condom utilization among daily laborer adults in the construction sector. Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted in June 2016 to may 2017 among daily laborers engaged in construction sector in the Laga Tafo area. Study participants were selected by systematic random sampling. Data was collected by standardized quastionare and enter by Epi info. By using SPSS version 21.1 data were analyzed in bivariate and multivariate logistic regression. Results: A total of 364 daily laborers were participated in the study. According to the recent study 245(67.3%) and 285(78.3%) of respondents were knowledgeable about STIs and condom use respectively. Incase of attitude towards STIs and condom use more than half of study participants had favorable attitude towards STIs and condom use. Only 165(48.2%) sexually active participants were ever used condom during sexual intercourse. Of which ever used condom 109 of them consistently used condom with in the past six months. Among currently sexually active respondents the rate of self reported STD was 10.7%. Respondents those who do not chew khat before sexual intercourse 0.122 time less likely to have history of STIs (AOR=0.122, 95% CI :( 0.053, 0.280). Participants those who do not have formal education 0.062 times less likely to use condom than those who were completed secondary and above [AOR = 0.062, 95% CI, (0.021, 0.181)). Conclussion and recommendation: Though of large proportion of study participants were having awareness on STIs and condom use; majority of them practicing risky sexual practice. There was a gap between knowledge on STIs and sexual behavior of respondents. Therefore, health education program aimed at bringing behavioral change should be planned and implemented.



Sexually Transmitted Infections