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Knowledge, Attitudes And Practices Of Syrian Refugee Mothers Towards Sexually Transmitted Infections

Authors Al-Maharma D, Safadi R, Ahmad M, Halasa S, Nabolsi M, Dohrn J

Received 2 July 2019

Accepted for publication 9 October 2019

Published 19 November 2019 Volume 2019:11 Pages 607—615


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Professor Elie Al-Chaer

Dua’ Al-Maharma,1 Reema Safadi,1 Muayyad Ahmad,2 Suhaila Halasa,1 Manar Nabolsi,2 Jennifer Dohrn3

1Maternal and Child Health Department, School of Nursing, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan; 2Clinical Nursing Department, School of Nursing, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan; 3School of Nursing, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

Correspondence: Dua’ Al-Maharma
Department of Maternal and Child Health Nursing, School of Nursing, The University of Jordan, Amman 11942, Jordan
Tel +962 6 5355000 Ext 23179
Fax +9626−5300244

Purpose: Refugee women are vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) due to risk factors associated with displacement. This study aimed to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to STIs among Syrian refugee mothers in Jordan.
Methods: A cross-sectional correlational study was conducted with a convenience sample of 523 Syrian refugee mothers in host communities in Jordan.
Results: A moderately positive relationship between the mothers’ knowledge of and attitudes towards STIs (p<0.001) was found. Although Syrian refugee mothers’ attitudes towards STIs were reasonably good, they had poor knowledge about non-HIV causes of STIs and clinical symptoms. Spousal acceptance of using a condom was significantly associated with mothers’ STIs knowledge, attitude, length of being a refugee in Jordan and duration of marriage (p<0.05). Almost all Syrian refugee mothers (91.6%) and their spouses (95%) did not follow regular check-ups for STIs. Two-thirds of mothers’- spouses (66.6%) did not accept the usage of a condom during sexual intercourse.
Conclusion: Syrian refugee mothers have poor knowledge about non-HIV causes of STIs and clinical symptoms. They have poor practices concerning STI screening and prevention. It is imperative that nurses address these issues especially among refugees where in locales where resources are scarce.

Keywords: condom use, Jordan, reproductive health, screening, STIs KAP, Syrian refugee

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