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Knowledge, attitude and behavior assessment of risky sexual behaviors leading to HIV and sexually transmitted infections among drug abusers in Egypt: a cross-sectional study

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Abstract: Background Egypt s rapidly growing youth population and changing sexual trends raise the possibility of HIV infection. The purpose of the study was to assess the knowledge, attitudes and practices of drug users in Egypt on unsafe sex. method. The cross-sectional study conducted 410 drug users in Egypt in 2008 in the free drug and HIV program. The respondents were analyzed by sex, age, education and intravenous drug use. Compared with the maximum possible value, the average KAP score of safe sex behavior is low, indicating that drug users have low awareness and action to avoid infection. Respondents with higher education have significantly improved their awareness of safe sex. There was a significant positive correlation between age and saf knowledge sexual behavior. Older age groups were predicted to know more about safe sex, while gender; educational level and intravenous drug usage were not. Similarly, females and intravenous drug users were predicted to have higher attitude for safe sex while age and educational level did not. Conclusion. KAP of safe sexual behavior were low among drug addicts in Egypt increasing potential towards infection with STDs including HIV. The more the age and education level, the better the knowledge towards safe sexual behavior.

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