Knowledge about Reproductive Health among Students in Junior High School 3 Keruak, East Lombok

Intan Farida Yasmin, Dicky Adi Putra, Sayyid Abdil Hakam, Lia Fristka, Jimmi Lihartanadi, Matt Biondi, Christiani Christiani, Ayu Kartika Sari, Alain Laurent

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Aims: The study aimed to analyze the knowledge level on reproductive health among junior high school students in a rural district, Keruak, East Lombok. Methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive study was carried out among seventh and eighth-grade students (n=139) in Junior High School 3 Keruak, East Lombok, from March to April 2015. All participants answered a validated questionnaire consisting of 66 questions regarding reproductive health, STIs (sexually transmitted infections), and HIV-AIDS. Results: The students had low scores in all three topics. They obtained the highest score on a reproductive health topic and the lowest score on STIs topic. Students in the eighth grade had a better score in reproductive health and HIV-AIDS than those in the seventh grade. Male students had better knowledge of reproductive health and HIV-AIDS than female students (p<0.05). Only 3.6% of total students had adequate knowledge of reproductive health and HIV-AIDS, while only 0.7% had sufficient knowledge of STIs. Conclusion: The knowledge level of students in Junior High School 3 Keruak is generally low in reproductive health, STIs, and HIV-AIDS topics. Male and higher-grade students had a higher level of knowledge in reproductive health and HIV-AIDS, and very few students understood STIs. Promotion and education programs are expected to raise adolescent's awareness concerning reproductive health issues.

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Reproductive Health; STIs; HIV-AIDS; knowledge; adolescent; rural

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