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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/7612

Title: Awareness, attitudes, and beliefs of the general public towards HIV/Aids in Hyderabad, a capital city from South India
Authors: Sudha, R. T.
Vijay, D. T.
Lakshmi, V.
Keywords: attitudes; awareness; intervention programmes; literacy
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2005
Publisher: Medknow Publications on behalf of Indian Journal of Medical Sciences Trust
Citation: Indian Journal of Medical Sciences (ISSN: 0019-5359) Vol 59 Num 7
Abstract: CONTEXT: Information is the first step in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention. Ignorance about the disease and how the virus is transmitted can generate fear and prejudice towards those who are infected. AIM: To assess the awareness, attitudes, and beliefs of the general public toward HIV/AIDS in Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. SETTING AND DESIGN: A cross-sectional study conducted for a period of 2 months in 2004 on 800 individuals living in Hyderabad. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A survey was conducted with a questionnaire titled ′General Population Behavioral Surveillance Survey.′ The survey used a 5-part, 65-item questionnaire eliciting information about the knowledge of HIV (10 items), modes of transmission (20 items), ways of prevention (10 items), society′s attitude toward HIV (15 items), and finally evaluation of Government′s measures (10 items). RESULTS: Approximately 80.63% (645/800) of the study population were sketchily aware of HIV/AIDS, but had incorrect perceptions about the mode of transmission or prevention. Despite the vigorous outreach programmes, which the government and other organizations had carried out in the city, many people had several misconceptions about HIV or about people living with HIV/AIDS. CONCLUSION: As it was observed that awareness was more among the literates, the Government and Health educators should provide tailor-made education programmes for those at the lower education levels.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/7612
Other Identifiers: http://www.bioline.org.br/abstract?id=ms05047
Rights: Copyright 2005 Indian Journal of Medical Sciences.
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