Objective: To evaluate the KAP of GPs in Karachi who treat most of the cases of STDs in their private clinics. Methods: It was a cross sectional survey conducted by interviewing 103 GPs from different towns of Karachi through an interviewer administered questionnaire based on WHO protocol for control of STDs. Results: Regarding organisms transmitted through sexual intercourse, 94.2% knew about Neisseria gonorrhoeae while only 38.8% knew about T.Pallidum. Only 26.2% had heard about WHO syndromic management of STDs. Regarding treatment of a HIV positive patient 40.8% said they referred them to an AIDS control programme. Ninety four percent knew the value of sexual history but 55.3% were aware of the recommended treatment regimen. Conclusion: Knowledge and Attitudes of GPs was reasonably good but improvement is required with respect to management of STDs & HIV. Targeted continuing medical education programmes and special training sessions are recommended.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2011|