A study to assess the knowledge and attitude of the Pre-university students on HIV/AIDS in selected colleges of Mangalore
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The acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) was epidemic in its third decade and has become a pandemic disease that threatens the world population. It affects all body systems as well as the mental health and social relationships of carriers and asymptomatic patients.
To determine the knowledge and attitude of Pre-university students on HIV/AIDS.
A descriptive survey design was used for the study. The study was conducted in the selected preuniversity colleges in Mangalore. Population for this study constituted pre-university college students of Mangalore. The sample comprised of 200 students from selected pre-university colleges. Non-Probability purposive sampling technique was used to select the college students. Instruments used were demographic proforma, structured knowledge questionnaire and rating scale.
Majority (69%) of pre-university students had adequate knowledge on HIV/AIDS and 31% had inadequate knowledge on HIV/AIDS. Majority (68.5%) of pre-university students had favorable attitude on HIV/AIDS and (31.5%) had unfavorable attitude on HIV/AIDS.
Information about behavior, attitude and knowledge through regular surveys is essential to better understand the dynamics of HIV epidemic.
Assessment, HIV/AIDS, Knowledge, Attitude.