The Effect of Preventive Guideline Program about Genital Tract Infection on Adolescent Female's Knowledge and Practice at Assuit City
Good health behavior safeguards the health of adolescent females by reducing their vulnerability to reproductive tract infections. Objective: Assess the adolescent female students’ knowledge and practice regarding prevention of genital tract infection, and assess the effectiveness of the program on students’ knowledge and practice regarding prevention of genital tract infection. Setting: This study conducted in randomly three secondary schools that represent the different districts of Assiut city in Egypt. Subjects: A total of 124 secondary female's students were selected. Tools: A structured interview schedule was designed to assess socio-demographic data and students' health knowledge and practices at pre- and post-intervention. Results: The mean age of participants’ students was 16.7±1.2 years. The study revealed an improvement of knowledge regarding personal health practice toward genital tract hygiene among adolescents. Also the students reported significant improvements in the perineal hygiene practices. There was a positive correlation between students' knowledge and their practices. Conclusion: The post-intervention assessment revealed an obvious improvement of knowledge and practice among the studied students. Recommendations: Appropriate educational strategies as simple illustration, brochures and booklets should be available for students to increase their awareness about the healthy practices regarding genital tract and use reproductive health service.