Reproductive health knowledge of male students of Shiraz high schools


Negin Hadi 1 , * , Kiarash Aramesh 1 , Masoud Azizi 2

1 Department of Community Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.

2 General Physician, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.

How to Cite: Hadi N, Aramesh K, Azizi M. Reproductive health knowledge of male students of Shiraz high schools, Hormozgan Med J. 2004 ; 8(1):e90598.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 8 (1); e90598
Published Online: February 03, 2004
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 05, 2003
Accepted: February 03, 2004


Introduction: The vital role of reproductive health in different aspects of human
health and socio-economic development of the community on the one hand, and
male teenagers’ knowledge about it on the other hand, necessitate priority setting
and programming of health education. This study is conducted to investigate
reproductive health knowledge level of male high school students in Shiraz, Iran.
Methods: In this cross-section study, 360 high school male students studying in
Shiraz high schools were randomly selected, using cluster sampling technique.
All students completed a pre-designed questionnaire and the results were analyzed
using SPSS statistical software.
Results: Students’ knowledge regarding some items such as proper age for
marriage of girls and the best age for pregnancy, was very good, but regarding
some other information, such as contraception methods, the knowledge scores
were very low and unacceptable.
Among male contraception methods, condom was the most well known method,
but, the female contraception methods were more familiar for them. Regarding
sexually transmitted diseases, the students’ knowledge scores were low.
Conclusion: In spite of acceptable knowledge of the students about some aspects
of reproductive health, education programs, especially about sexually transmitted
diseases are necessary.



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