n Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery - HIV/AIDS knowledge of secondary school learners in Sefhare, Botswana

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1682-5055


Quantitative, descriptive research, using self-completion questionnaires, was conducted to determine the level of HIV/AIDS knowledge of 92 secondary school learners in Sefhare, Botswana. Of the 92 respondents, about half could explain what HIV/AIDS was, but only 13.6% said AIDS is caused by HIV and only 4.5% said AIDS is an incurable disease. The ABC of protecting oneself against HIV (abstain from sex, be faithful to one sex partner, use condoms) was mentioned by merely 57.6% of the learners.

The learners' lack of knowledge should be addressed by school HIV/AIDS programmes offered in Botswana. As 81.5% of the learners were willing to be tested for HIV, this service should be made available with simultaneous confidential personal HIV/AIDS education, irrespective of the HIV test results. Teachers' and parents' HIV/AIDS knowledge should also be updated regularly.

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