Exploring enablers of sexually transmitted infections among illegal gold miners in the midlands region of Zimbabwe

Nyashanu, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-9231-0393, Chireshe, R., Jidong, D.E. ORCID: 0000-0001-5034-0335, Nyashanu, W. and Ekpenyong, M.S., 2021. Exploring enablers of sexually transmitted infections among illegal gold miners in the midlands region of Zimbabwe. International Journal Of Reproduction, Contraception, Obstetrics And Gynecology, 10 (4), pp. 1321-1327. ISSN 2320-1770

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Abstract

Background:
Sub-Saharan Africa faces by far the highest rate of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Illegal mineworkers are considered at risk for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Men are generally not receptive to health promotion messages.
Methods:
This study explored the enablers of sexually transmitted infections. The study utilized a qualitative approach. A total of 40 participants were recruited. Semi structured interviews were used to collect data. A thematic approach was used to analyze the data. Zimbabwe, like any other country in the sub-Saharan region of Africa, has been affected by the epidemic of HIV/AIDS and other STIs, because of poor sexual health education.
Results:
The study found that the enablers of STIs included poor sexual health knowledge, substance misuse, prolonged stay from family, stigma, lack of entertainment, cultural status, and poor sexual health services.
Conclusions:
STIs among illegal gold miners is a public health concern that needs urgent attention in many developing countries.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal Of Reproduction, Contraception, Obstetrics And Gynecology
Creators: Nyashanu, M., Chireshe, R., Jidong, D.E., Nyashanu, W. and Ekpenyong, M.S.
Publisher: Medip Academy
Date: April 2021
Volume: 10
Number: 4
ISSN: 2320-1770
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.18203/2320-1770.ijrcog20211106DOI
1430097Other
Rights: © the author(s), publisher and licensee Medip Academy This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 08 Apr 2021 14:43
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 14:43
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42676

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