Knowledge of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and place of delivery among urban women in South-West Nigeria


  • Miracle Adesina Slum and Rural Health Initiative
  • Isaac Olufadewa Slum and Rural Health Initiative
  • Ruth Oladele Slum and Rural Health Initiative



HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), Knowledge, Urban women, South-west Nigeria


Background: HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) pose serious risks to health security especially to women, therefore, knowledge of their complications and attitude toward sexual health is important in planning preventive and treatment strategies among women in Nigeria. This study aims to assess the knowledge of HIV and other STIs and its association with the choice of place of delivery among urban women in south west Nigeria.

Methods: Data for urban women in south-west Nigeria was collected from National Demographic Survey (DHS) 2018. It evaluated their knowledge of HIV and other STIs in relation to the location of most recent childbirth. Chi-square (χ2) test and binary logistic regression analysis were conducted to establish association between variables using SPSS.

Results: 4604 women were surveyed. Some (21.9%) of the respondents had poor knowledge of HIV and other STIs. Women who had secondary school education were 1.7 times and 2.6 times more likely to have knowledge of HIV and other STIs respectively (OR=1.737; p<0.001; CI=1.402 - 2.153; OR=2.604; p<0.001; CI=1.934 - 3.507). Women who delivered their first child in public healthcare facilities were 1.7 times more likely to have good knowledge of HIV and STIs (OR=1.674; p<0.001; CI=1.233 - 2.275).

Conclusion: Women education and choice of place of delivery are important factors for knowledge of HIV and other STIs among urban women. Therefore, it is essential to implement more educational programmes specifically targeted at less educated women in urban regions of Nigeria.

Author Biographies

Miracle Adesina, Slum and Rural Health Initiative

Slum and Rural Health Initiative, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Isaac Olufadewa, Slum and Rural Health Initiative

Slum and Rural Health Initiative, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Ruth Oladele, Slum and Rural Health Initiative

Slum and Rural Health Initiative, Ibadan, Nigeria.


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How to Cite

Adesina, M., Olufadewa, I., & Oladele, R. . (2022). Knowledge of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and place of delivery among urban women in South-West Nigeria. Razi International Medical Journal, 2(2), 41–51.