Indian Journal of Public Health

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Year
: 2011  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38--41

Prevalence and health-seeking behavior of reproductive tract infection/sexually transmitted infections symptomatics: A cross-sectional study of a rural community in the Hooghly district of West Bengal


Amrita Samanta1, Santanu Ghosh2, Shuvankar Mukherjee2 
1 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, NRS Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata, India
2 Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, Calcutta National Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata, India

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Amrita Samanta
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, NRS Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata
India

A community-based, descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted in Purushottampur village of the Singur block, Hooghly, using a pre-tested, semi-structured questionnaire, to find out the prevalence of RTI / STI symptomatics among the general population aged 15 to 49 years, and to assess their profiles and health-seeking behaviors. Prevalence of (Reproductive tract infection) RTI / STI (Sexually transmitted infections) symptoms in the last 12 months was found to be 13.9 and 13.6% among males and females, respectively. The most common symptom was dysuria and vaginal discharge among males and females, respectively. Almost half of the STI symptomatics (52% male, 50% female) did nothing for their symptoms. Better health-seeking behavior was observed among females. About 9.4% of the males and 47% of the females sought advice from the clinic / hospital / health workers. Strengthening of activities of the existing national program among the general population is needed to build a positive health-seeking behavior that will ensure success of the syndromic management of RTI / STI.


How to cite this article:
Samanta A, Ghosh S, Mukherjee S. Prevalence and health-seeking behavior of reproductive tract infection/sexually transmitted infections symptomatics: A cross-sectional study of a rural community in the Hooghly district of West Bengal.Indian J Public Health 2011;55:38-41


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Samanta A, Ghosh S, Mukherjee S. Prevalence and health-seeking behavior of reproductive tract infection/sexually transmitted infections symptomatics: A cross-sectional study of a rural community in the Hooghly district of West Bengal. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Feb 29 ];55:38-41
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