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|Type||Journal Article - International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health|
|Title||Despite symptoms, many Zimbabweans in Botswana delay the treatment for STIs in the name of faith|
Background: Botswana is experiencing the most severe human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency
syndrome epidemics (HIV/AIDS) in the world, and migration is one of the structural factors associated with HIV infections.
Objective: To investigate the educational knowledge of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV/AIDS, and condom
use among religious migrants who are medicinally treated and not treated for STIs in association with sociodemographic
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted to explore the knowledge of STIs and condom use
behavior among migrants. The data of 762 patients were collected using structured questionnaires with modified time–
Result: The data indicated that, proportionally, more Catholic patients who had previously heard of STIs received more
STI treatment [71 (84.5%)] than the Catholic patients who had not previously heard of STIs [13 (15.5%)]. More Catholic
patients who had heard of HIV/AIDS [82 (97.6%)] received treatment than those who had never heard of HIV/AIDS.
Conclusion: Future studies are needed to sightsee the effect of sexual health education, including religion, to examine
the extent to which religious fundamentalism plays a conclusive role in people choosing faith over medicine.
|»||Botswana - AIDS Impact Survey III 2008|
|»||Botswana - Population and Housing Census 2011|