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Crescent Journal of
Medical and Biological Sciences
Jan 2016, Vol 3, Issue 1
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Original Article
Health Care Professionals’ Knowledge and Attitudes About Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Legal Aspects of Medical Services
Yaşam Kemal Akpak1, Umit Savasçı2, N. Cem Ören3, Ömer Coşkun4, Hüseyin Yıldız5, Ergenekon Karagöz6, Gökçen Gökçe7, Ahmet Karakaş4, Murat Zor8, H. Cem Gül4, Ali Babacan9
1Ankara Mevki Military Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ankara, Turkey
2Gülhane Military Academy of Medicine, Department of Blood Transfusion Service, Ankara, Turkey
3İzmir Military Hospital, Department of Radiology, İzmir, Turkey4Gülhane Military Academy of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Ankara, Turkey
5Afyon Kocatepe Training Hospital, Department of Otolaryngology, Afyon, Turkey
6GATA Haydarpaşa Training Hospital, Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Istanbul, Turkey
7Kayseri Military Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology, Kayseri, Turkey
8GATA Haydarpaşa Training Hospital, Department of Urology, Istanbul, Turkey
9GATA Haydarpaşa Training Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Istanbul, Turkey

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Keywords : HIV-positive persons, Sexually transmitted diseases, High-risk sexual behavior, Medical accidents, Medico-legal issues, Survey
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Objective: This study aims to investigate healthcare professionals’ (HCPs) general level of knowledge about sexually transmitted diseases, their attitudes towards these patients and legal aspects of medical services.

Materials and Methods: This was a multi-centered study. The participants were given 28 questions that mainly asked their level of knowledge on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) patients, their attitudes towards such patients, and their legal as well as ethical views on them.

Results: A total of 234 HCPs, 124 (53%) female and 110 (47%) male, participated in the study. The majority of married HCPs have reported monogamy as the most reliable protection method, whereas single participants have marked “condoms.” The most commonly known STD has been reported as AIDS in all groups. Even though HCPs find it medically unethical not to offer a medical intervention to patients with STDs, more than one-third of the participants believe that HCPs should have the right not to do so.

Conclusion: It has been concluded that HCPs need further education on STDs. Nevertheless, such high level of care and attention on HCPs’ part does not necessarily decrease their need for proper medico legal regulations on such issues.


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