Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs on HIV/AIDS Among Tertiary Students in Papua New Guinea
Orathinkal Jose, Keri Totona, Alphonse Begani, Tuka Andew, Bob Tombe, Rose Begani
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DOI: 10.4236/wja.2011.12009   PDF   HTML     7,152 Downloads   13,971 Views   Citations

Abstract

This cross-sectional study among 1597 tertiary level students, 757 (48%) males and 832 (52%) females (9 respondents no mention of gender), from 12 institutions, across Papua New Guinea, examined their level of knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about HIV/AIDS. The study revealed that the majority of the students have a very good knowledge of HIV/AIDS; in general students have a considerate and compassionate attitude towards those infected with HIV/AIDS; and the students have positive and healthy attitudes and beliefs regarding HIV/AIDS. Among the demographic variables of gender, province and the institution of their study a significant difference showed in their levels of knowledge and also a statistically significant association was found between beliefs and knowledge. Interestingly, about 58% of the students think that HIV/AIDS is a punishment from God. Almost half (46.5%) of the respondents think that learning about sex and the use of condoms could also encourage young people to engage in more frequent sex. Although, in general the students have a very good knowledge, they indicate the need for more sex education and awareness pro-grams about HIV/AIDS that could be given in high schools.

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O. Jose, K. Totona, A. Begani, T. Andew, B. Tombe and R. Begani, "Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs on HIV/AIDS Among Tertiary Students in Papua New Guinea," World Journal of AIDS, Vol. 1 No. 2, 2011, pp. 50-61. doi: 10.4236/wja.2011.12009.

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