Prevalence, Trends, and Sociodemographic Determinants of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Bangladesh

Md. Abdul Alim

Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

Sazin Islam *

Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

Sharmin Akter

Central Medical College, Cumilla-3500, Bangladesh.

Md. Shariful Islam

Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

Sarmin Siraj Sormy

Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

Mst. Sharmin Sultana Soby

Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

Umme Sumaya Afrin

Department of Microbiology, Jessore University of Science and Technology, Jessore-7408, Bangladesh.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Background: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) pose a significant public health challenge in Bangladesh, with implications spanning health, society, and economics. This research, conducted with a sample size of 2,794 participants, delves into the prevalence, trends, and sociodemographic determinants of STDs within the Khulna Division.

Methods: A stratified random sampling technique was employed, and data collection involved structured questionnaires, medical examinations, and laboratory tests. Descriptive and inferential statistical analyses, including chi-square tests and logistic regression, were used to interpret the data.

Results: Chlamydia and Gonorrhea exhibited concerning upward trends, while Syphilis and HIV remained relatively stable. Young adults (20-29 years), unmarried individuals, and those with secondary education displayed higher STD prevalence.

Conclusion: The findings underscore the urgency of targeted interventions to address rising STD rates, particularly among high-risk groups. Public health strategies should focus on awareness, safe sexual practices, and improved access to screening and treatment services. Addressing disparities in sexual health knowledge and services among different educational groups is essential.

Keywords: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), prevalence, sociodemographic determinants, Bangladesh, public health


How to Cite

Alim, Md. Abdul, Sazin Islam, Sharmin Akter, Md. Shariful Islam, Sarmin Siraj Sormy, Mst. Sharmin Sultana Soby, and Umme Sumaya Afrin. 2023. “Prevalence, Trends, and Sociodemographic Determinants of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Bangladesh”. Asian Journal of Medical Principles and Clinical Practice 6 (2):278-83. https://journalajmpcp.com/index.php/AJMPCP/article/view/188.

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