oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Knowledge of AIDS among Zimbabwean teacher-trainees prior to the public awareness campaign

Volume 33, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Knowledge of AIDS among 630 Zimbabwean trainee primary and secondary schoolteachers in January-February 1987, prior to the public awareness campaign, was assessed using two open ended questions and a 22 -item true/false inventory. Contact with prostitutes was identified as a risk factor by 73 percent of those sampled. Few respondents believed that AIDS is primarily a homosexual disease in Africa. On the other hand, few subjects cited as a high risk category the sexual partners of other high risk groups. Only 58 per cent of those sampled knew that the use of a condom during coitus reduces the risk of Human Immunodefiency Virus (HIV) infection. More than half the sample believed that HlV infection can result from exposure to towels and toilet seats, from saliva and from caring for AIDS victims. Sex-related questions were not offensive to the majority of respondents

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