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JARMS. 2013; 5(4): 336-340


A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY OF HIV/AIDS AWARENESS AMONG PARAMEDICAL STUDENTS OF BIMS, BELGAUM.

*Nikam Kiran, Joshi Arun, Joshi Bhagyashri, Kallur Rajashekhar, Nikam Shashikant, Bellad Anjana.

Abstract
Introduction: Acquired immune-deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has emerged as a global pandemic. HIV/AIDS is a fatal illness which leaves the victim vulnerable to lot of life threatening opportunistic infections and neurological disorders. Objective : (i) To assess the awareness and knowledge of paramedical students about HIV/AIDS .(ii) To assess the beliefs about HIV/AIDS transmission. (iii) To analyze the attitude of paramedical students about HIV infected persons. Material and Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted in Belgaum Institute of Medical Sciences, Belgaum by using a structured questionnaire. Most of the student's age group was in between 17-25 years. Results: A total of 102 students (41 male students and 61 female students) were examined. Almost all students (100%) had heard of HIV/AIDS and knew the full form of HIV and AIDS. Around 50% of the students knew the causative organism of HIV/AIDS. Knowledge about the mode of transmission was 97.0% in both the sexes. The beliefs about HIV/AIDS transmission through handshake (4.8%), sharing Utensils (7.3%), mosquito bite (19.5%), common tooth brush (14.6%) and by kissing (12.1%). Knowledge of prevention was adequate 63.4% in male students and 70.4% among female students. Regarding source of information 90.2% of both the sexes of students preferred as college programmes. The attitude towards HIV infected persons 95% of students showed positive approach. Conclusion: Most of the paramedical students had correct knowledge and awareness about HIV/AIDS, but still they don't have depth of knowledge regarding prevention. Hence there is need of conduct to continue awareness programmes and stratified health education.

Key words: : HIV/AIDS, Awareness, Knowledge, Transmission, Attitude



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