THE NEED TO RAISE AWARENESS OF SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS AMONG DENTAL UNDERGRADUATES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES – A NARRATIVE REVIEW

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Dr. Rohan Shinkre
Shayori Mitra
Dr. Pooja Balurkar
Dr Pallavi Pawar
Dr. Sujithra S B
Dr. Anjana Sathyanath

Keywords

Awareness, Dental undergraduates, Developing countries, Education, Sexually Transmitted Infections

Abstract

In developing nations, the frequency of sexually transmitted diseases (STIs), a serious public health issue, is alarmingly high. Dental students are a distinct population within the healthcare system, and their level of understanding and preparedness to manage STIs can have an impact on public health outcomes. This review analyses the effects of low STI awareness among dentistry students through a sociological and scientific lens, investigates the causes of this knowledge gap, and suggests recommendations for educational improvements. To that purpose, we chose relevant scientific publications published in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Google Scholar, and Scopus scientific information databases using specific selection criteria. By addressing this matter, we hope to advance thorough sexual health education and equip dental students with the tools they need to make a meaningful contribution to STI prevention and control initiatives

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