Gyan Nihal N, Dr. Raghuram Macharapu, Pramod KR Mallepalli and Ravulapati Sateesh Babu
Background: Healthy sexuality begins with understanding and accepting yourself, your body, and its sensual and sexual potential. Doctors play a crucial role in sexual health education who are the primary contacts for patient information about sexual health but medical undergraduate students and practicing doctors are inadequately trained in sexual history taking which shows it impact on assessment and treatment.
Aims and Objectives: The objective of this study was to determine the sexual awareness among medical undergraduate students and comparing sexual awareness among them.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study consisted a sample size of 200 participants who are undergraduate students in Mamata Medical College, Khammam, Telangana which was conducted from June 2018 to December 2018. The samples were drawn using convenience sampling method. Sexual Awareness Questionnaire (SAQ) was the tool used to collect data for this study.
Results: Sexual awareness is significantly higher in males (M = 71.51) than females (M = 52.4). Sexual consciousness is significantly higher in males (M = 16.08) than females (M = 8.74). Sexual monitoring is significantly higher in males (M = 16.66) than females (M = 13.76). Sexual assertiveness is significantly higher in males (M = 16.69) than females (M = 13.18). Sex-appeal consciousness is lower in males (M = 2.04) than females (M = 2.22) though not significant.
Conclusions: Medical undergraduate students continue to have poor sexual awareness. There is a need to improve awareness and stimulate positive attitudes of students which also improves their ability to deal with patients with sexuality problems. This can be done by encouraging participation of medical undergraduate students in workshops and also be promoted by making it a part of medical curriculum.
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