n Gender and Behaviour - Influence of HIV testing on knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention practices and transmission among undergraduate youths in North-West University, Mafikeng
|Article Title||Influence of HIV testing on knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention practices and transmission among undergraduate youths in North-West University, Mafikeng|
|© Publisher:||IFE Centre for Psychological Studies (ICPS)|
|Journal||Gender and Behaviour|
|Affiliations||1 North-West University, 2 North-West University, 3 North-West University, 4 University of Ibadan, Nigeria and 5 Tai Solarin University of Education, Nigeria|
|Publication Date||Dec 2014|
|Pages||6286 - 6300|
|Keyword(s)||HIV testing, HIV/AIDS Knowledge, Mafikeng and Undergraduate students|
This study examines factors influencing knowledge of HIV/AIDS Prevention Practices and Transmission (KHAPPT) among young undergraduate students (15-24 years). Knowledge composite index was computed for 820 randomly selected students. Chi-square, ANOVA and multinomial logistic regression were used for the analyses (α=.05). The overall mean knowledge score was 16.5±3.4 out of a possible score of 28. About 83% of the students have undergone HIV test, 21.0% have high KHAPPT, 18% said there is cure for the disease, 23% believed that asking for condom is embarrassing and 11.7% said it is safe to share unsterilized sharp objects with friends or family members. The likelihood of high KHAPPT was higher among students who have had HIV test (OR=3.314; C.I=1.787-6.145, p<0.001) even when other variables were used as control. The identified predictors of high KHAPPT were; ever had HIV test, faculty, and ever used any HIV/AIDS prevention services. North-West University Mafikeng should intensify efforts on the HIV/AIDS awareness program on the campus.
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