oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Factual knowledge about AIDS and dating practices among high school students from selected schools

Volume 38, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Following various educational strategies by governmental and non-governmental organisations to educate youths and school teachers about HIV infection and prevention, this KABP survey was one attempt to evaluate the results. The study sample of 478 high school students was drawn from four randomly selected schools in Mashonaland and Matabeleland including high and low density, government-and mission co-educational schools. The sample was randomly selected and stratified to represent sex and grade level. The KABP self administered questionnaire was used. The paper analyses the relationship between the knowledge and dating patterns. Generally, respondents demonstrated a 50 pc to 80 pc accuracy of factual knowledge. Of the 66 pc forms I through IV pupils who dated, 30 pc preferred only sexually involved relationships and a small number considered the possibility of HIV/AIDS infection. A theoretically based tripartite coalition involving the school, the family health care services for education,guidance and support to promote responsible behaviour throughout childhood was suggested.

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