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Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
Year : 2019, Volume : 13, Issue : 1
First page : ( 94) Last page : ( 96)
Print ISSN : 0973-9122. Online ISSN : 0973-9130.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0973-9130.2019.00019.7

Knowledge and Perception among Medical Students towards People with HIV and AIDS

Sharma Manu1, Sharma Sneha2,*

1Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine

2Senior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Gondia, Maharashtra

*Corresponding author: Dr. Sneha Sharma, Senior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Gondia, Maharashtra Mail ID: snehasharma507@gmail.com

Online published on 8 February, 2019.

Abstract

Human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) has become one of the significant public health problems in the world. Health Professionals are at an increased risk of exposure to viral agents as compared to the general populations. There are ethical and legal implications involved in treating a patient with HIV as well as aspect of ending discrimination and apathy in attitudes of healthcare providers towards such afflicted individuals. The implications must be made aware to medical students as they enter into patient contact at the start of their second academic year. The present study was aimed at ascertaining the knowledge and attitudes of various levels of medical students towards the disease and the Patients with a view to understand what can be done to improve the present scenario. The study concluded that there is in fact a difference on what knowledge requirement is and what is actually practiced. We concluded that medical students must be better trained with bedside requirements and attitude changes that must be brought about when dealing with HIV Patients.

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Keywords

HIV, Medical Students, Knowledge, Discrimination.

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