Surveying the level of sexual health literacy of pre-marriage couples referred to the selected health centers south Khorasan

Document Type : Original Article


1 MS in midwifery and Instructor, Department of Nursing, Ferdows School of Allied Medicine and Public Health, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran.

2 MS in operating room , Department Of Operating Room,Faculty Of Paramedicine, , Mashhad Medical Sciences,Islamic Azad University, Mashhad, Iran.

3 . Master of Biostatistics - School of Health, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran

4 MS in Nursing Education and Instructor, Ferdows School of Allied Medicine and Public Health, Birjand University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Birjand, Iran


Background and Objective: One of the basic components for maintaining sexual health is the amount of information and awareness of individuals, which leads to informed, responsible and healthy decisions about sexual issues and is referred to as sexual health literacy. Therefore, this study was conducted to determine the level of sexual health literacy of pre-marriage couples referred to the selected health centers south khorasan in 2019-2020.

Materials and Methods:  In this descriptive-analytical study, 258 of pre-marriage couples referred to the selected health centers south khorasan were randomly selected in 2019-2020. To collect data, a checklist of personal characteristics and an adult sexual health literacy questionnaire were used. Data were analyzed with SPSS version 19 using descriptive and inferential statistics.

Results: The mean score of sexual health literacy of couples was 161.25 ± 19.5 Which showed a high level of sexual health literacy in most people. There was a statistically significant relationship between sexual health literacy with the source of sexual information, religion, age and type of residence (p <0.05).

Conclusion: The results of the study showed that people who used the book to obtain sexual health information had a higher score of sexual health literacy. It seems that the use of official sources is reliable, credible and well-directed. Considering the importance of sexual health in the individual and social life of couples, it seems that it is better to conduct a needs assessment in this field at different age periods and provide the necessary training.


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