Date of Award

Spring 5-2018

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

Kathleen Masters

Advisor Department



The purpose of this study was to address the perceived and actual knowledge levels of sexually transmitted diseases (STDS) among college students at a southern university. The sample consisted of 138 participants over the age of 18 enrolled as undergraduate students at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). A questionnaire was distributed via email listserv to the undergraduate population at USM assessing the attitudes and knowledge surrounding sexually transmitted diseases. The survey included three sections for the assessment of each variable: 12 demographic questions, 20 statements assessing student attitudes regarding the quality of their previous sex education and perceived knowledge, and 20 true or false statements about the acquisition, transmission, and potential consequences of sexually transmitted diseases. Overall, the student participants perceived they had more knowledge about sexually transmitted diseases than the results from the knowledge section indicated. Continued education on the subject of sexually transmitted diseases is needed among this population.

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