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Health Care Women Int. 2016;37(4):392-411. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2014.920021. Epub 2014 Jul 24.

Reproductive Tract Infections in Rural Vietnam, Women's Knowledge, and Health-Seeking Behavior: A Cross-Sectional Study.

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1
a Division of Global Health (IHCAR), Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet , Stockholm , Sweden.
2
b Hanoi Medical University , Hanoi , Vietnam.
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c Department of Probability and Mathematical Statistics , Institute of Mathematics, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology , Hanoi , Vietnam.
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d Department of Public Health , Hanoi Medical University , Hanoi , Vietnam.

Abstract

We interviewed 1,805 women in a rural setting in Vietnam with the aim of investigating women's knowledge regarding reproductive tract infections (RTIs) and their health-seeking behavior. We found that women's overall knowledge was poor. Furthermore, only one-third of the symptomatic women sought health care. RTIs affect millions of women globally each year. Most vulnerable are women in low- and middle-income countries where poverty and gender inequities affect their access to health care services. Findings from our study can be used in similar rural settings worldwide to understand and manage the widespread problem of RTIs.

PMID:
24850497
DOI:
10.1080/07399332.2014.920021
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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