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JCR. 2020; 7(4): 4032-4038


KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS RTI/STI AMONG EARLY MARRIED WOMEN LIVING IN URBAN SLUMS OF LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH.

Priyanka Tripathi, Dr. Neetu Singh.

Abstract
Background:Reproductive Tract Infections (RTIs) including Sexually Transmitted infections (STIs) are
silent epidemics and are recognized as public health problem and are the cause loss of healthy life among women of
reproductive age. The problem of RTI/STI morbidity in women exists largely due to ignorance, low level of
Knowledge and awareness regarding sexual and reproductive health. Prevalence of RTI/ STI is high among the
young women living in lower community like slums. Thus, it is very essential to understand the knowledge and
attitude regarding various aspects of RTI/STI among the early married women living in urban slums. Objective: to
know about the Knowledge, and Attitude towards the RTI of the early married women who are living in the urban
slums of Lucknow. Method:A community based cross sectional study was conducted in slum area of District
Lucknow from March 2016 to December 2016. Early married women of 15-24 years were selected and convenience
and snow ball sampling was performed for the recruitment of the respondents. A total of 253 early married women
were interviewed using questionnaire schedule. Results:In our study, the majority of women were in the age group
of 21-24 years (83.4%), illiterate (45.1%) and belonged to nuclear families 62.5%. 87.4% women had never heard
about RTI/STIs. Conclusion:Overall the knowledge and awareness were poor among the early married women of
slums. There is a need for imparting awareness regarding the transmission and prevention of RTI/STIs.

Key words: Early married women, Urban slum, Reproductive tract infection, Knowledge, Awareness



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