Knowledge and attitude on HIV/AIDS among form six students in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Ho, Chin Yee (2005) Knowledge and attitude on HIV/AIDS among form six students in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Universiti Malaysia Sabah. (Unpublished)


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HIV / AIDS is a major public health problem in the country. A study was done by distributing questionnaires to all the Form Six students from eleven schools in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The objectives of this study was to examine the existing level of knowledge and attitude on HIV/AIDS among Form Six students in Kota Kinabalu and to determine is there any relationship between the students' knowledge on HIV / AIDS and their attitude on HIV / AIDS. There are altogether 701 respondents in this study with 215 males and 477 females. About 98 per cent of the respondents have heard of HIV and AIDS. The main source of information on HIV / AIDS is the television and most of them would consult the doctors and they are the most convincing agent to provide HIV / AIDS information. This study found that nearly 93 per cent of them answer correctly regarding knowledge on modes of transmission by unprotected sexual activities, intravenous drug injections, blood transfusion and through mother and child. There were some misconception on transmission of HIV / AIDS through mosquito bite and casual contacts like sharing food and shaking hands. The respondents' attitude towards HIV/AIDS is generally fair with positive attitude. Besides that, this study found that there were significant differences in the knowledge and attitude on HIV I AIDS among some socio demographic characteristics such as religion, their mother's education level, and family monthly income. Lastly, this study shows that knowledge on HIV / AIDS does relate with the attitude towards HIV / AIDS among the respondents. The more knowledge of HIV / AIDS of the respondents, the better attitude the respondents have toward HIV / AIDS. Still there is 41 per cent were not sure whether their awareness towards HIV / AIDS is sufficient. Therefore, it is recommended that HIV / AIDS awareness campaign should be implemented to provide sufficient information that are correct and easy to understand.

Item Type: Academic Exercise
Uncontrolled Keywords: HIV/AIDS, awareness campaign, socio demographic, attitude, level of knowledge
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: SCHOOL > School of Science and Technology
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2014 00:47
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 04:46

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