Basic awareness regarding HIV/AIDS among Bangladeshi school going adolescents: A descriptive assessment
Background: Bangladeshi adolescents are at more risk of HIV/AIDS than adults since their knowledge is very little in this aspect. This paper examined adolescents’ knowledge level and conceptions about HIV/AIDS. Method: It was a cross-sectional survey study of school going adolescents from Bangladesh to find out their knowledge level regarding HIV/AIDS. A well structured questionnaire was used to collect the data after testing on a few volunteer adolescents and data was collected by random sampling and there was no ethical issue. Analysis was done by using Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet 2010 (Microsoft Corp., USA) and SPSS version 16. Results: In this study, total number of the adolescents was 479 and 316 (65.97%) were male and 163 (34.02%) were female and 147 (30.68%) were from rural area and 332 (69.31%) were from urban area. The majority of the adolescents of urban area had an above moderate level of overall HIV/AIDS knowledge than adolescents of rural area. Surprisingly there were no school was found having any HIV/AIDS awareness program and 98% of adolescents did not ever discuss about HIV/AIDS with their parents and most of them were not comfortable to discuss about HIV with others. Conclusion: The findings will help the policymakers for expanding a culturally aware society and they need precise educational program especially for rural adolescents. There should be more budgets for training teachers and awareness based advertisements. Useful media campaigns are also needed to alert the adolescents concerning the health consequences of HIV/AIDS.
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