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n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Knowledge and perceptions of vaginal microbicides among postgraduate healthcare students at the University of Limpopo, South Africa : competence of health care workers

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315

Abstract

Although women account for a disproportionate 60% of the HIV infected population globally, the current HIV prevention strategies do not reflect any specific focus on them. However, the last few years have seen robust research initiatives around vaginal microbicides as a potential HIV prevention tool for women. Although microbicides have potential to change HIV landscape, their successful implementation requires positive views and knowledge from healthcare workers. A greater understanding of knowledge and perceptions among healthcare professionals will influence the pathway to microbicide development and possible future implementation. This study assessed the knowledge and perceptions of vaginal microbicides among postgraduate healthcare professionals at the Medunsa Campus of the University of Limpopo, Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa. A descriptive survey design using a self-administered questionnaire was conducted among 78 postgraduate students in the Master of Public Health programme. About 90% of the respondents had superficial awareness of vaginal microbicides. However, detailed knowledge was found to be 50%. Seventy nine percent (79%) of the respondents had positive perceptions about vaginal microbicides as a potential HIV prevention tool for women. There were no socio-demographic factors that influenced the positive perceptions of vaginal microbicides. As the microbicide research agenda intensifies, it is encouraging that healthcare professionals are fairly knowledgeable about microbicides, and show a positive tendency to support future use of this potential HIV prevention tool for women.

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2014-12-01
2019-09-15

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