Mother-Child Communication about Sexual Health, HPV and Cervical Cancer among Antenatal Clinic Attendees in Johannesburg, South Africa

Kendall A. Leser, Shelley A. Francis

Abstract

Parent-child communication about sexual health is considered an effective strategy for encouraging safe sexual practices among youth. This study used a brief survey to examine mother-child communication among 86 antenatal clinic attendees in Johannesburg, South Africa. Eighty-five percent of mothers reported having enough information to discuss HIV/AIDS prevention with their children, while only 36% reported having enough information to discuss HPV/cervical cancer prevention. Thirty-seven percent of mothers who reported being comfortable discussing HIV/sexual health with their child actually discussed these topics with their child; while 58% of mothers who reported being comfortable did not discuss HIV/sexual health with their child. Future research and program planning efforts should focus on identifying the best strategies to educate South African mothers on HPV and cervical cancer, so that mothers can effectively communicate their knowledge about these topics to their children. (Afr J Reprod Health 2014; 18[1]: 123-126).

 

Keywords: Sexual health, communication, HPV, cervical cancer

 

Résumé

Communication Parent-enfant sur la santé sexuelle est considérée comme une stratégie efficace pour encourager les pratiques sexuelles sûres parmi les jeunes. Cette étude a utilisé une brève enquête à examiner mère-enfant communication parmi 86 personnes fréquentant les consultations prénatales à Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud. Quatre-vingt-cinq pour cent des mères ont déclaré avoir suffisamment d'informations pour aborder la prévention du VIH/SIDA avec leurs enfants, alors que seulement 36% ont déclaré avoir suffisamment d'informations pour discuter/HPV cancer du col de l'utérus prévention. Trente-sept pour cent des mères qui ont déclaré être confortable discuter du VIH et de santé sexuelle avec leur enfant a effectivement discuté de ces sujets avec leurs enfants; tandis que 58% des mères qui ont déclaré être confortable n'a pas examiné le VIH et la santé sexuelle avec leurs enfants. Avenir de la recherche et de la planification du programme les efforts devraient se concentrer sur l'identification des meilleures stratégies pour éduquer sud-africains les mères sur le VPH et le cancer du col de l'utérus, afin que les mères puissent communiquer efficacement leurs connaissances sur ces sujets à leurs enfants. (Afr J Reprod Health 2014; 18[1]: 123126).

 

Mots-clés: la santé sexuelle, la communication, le VPH, le cancer du col de l'utérus

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