Adolescents and aids: a survey of knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about aids in chennai

Nurul Syamimi binti Mohd Azlan Sunil and Gheena .S

Aim and Objective: The aim of this study is to assess the adolescents’ knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about AIDS among young adults in Chennai. The objective of this study is to make aware and provide knowledge about high-risk behaviours associated with AIDS virus infection and help prevent the spread of disease in this population.
Materials and Methods: A survey was done to find out the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about AIDS among adolescence. A pretested questionnaire containing 20 questions, is divided into a section of knowledge and section of attitudes and beliefs about AIDS was prepared for the students to fill up. 190 students, both male and female from Saveetha Dental College and Saveetha School of Law were assessed through the questionnaire. The questionnaires were directly distributed to the subjects online and completed immediately. The subjects are between the age of 17 to 24 years old.
Results: There was marked variability in knowledge across informational items, particularly about the precautionary measures to be taken during sexual intercourse which may reduce the risk of infection.
Conclusion: Development and implementation of school health educational programs on AIDS and other sexually transmitted disease are needed in this population

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