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Is awareness of HIV enough to alter high-risk behaviour? What do HIV positive individuals have to say? A study from south India

Thomas, Beena E and Suryanarayanan, D and Muniyandi, M and Dilip, Meenalochini and Rajasekaran, S and Swaminathan, Soumya (2005) Is awareness of HIV enough to alter high-risk behaviour? What do HIV positive individuals have to say? A study from south India. SAARC Journal of Tuberculosis, Lung Diseases and HIV/AIDS, 2 (1). pp. 1-9. ISSN Print: 1818-9741; Online: 2091-0959

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Abstract

This study was done to find out the awareness of HIV among HIV positive individuals before being diagnosed HIV positive. The study also provides information on whether their knowledge influenced their risk behavior if any. This is a descriptive study and data has been collected from 108 HIV positive individuals from Chennai, South India. Awareness of HIV and its mode of transmission were as high as 85%. Gender and literacy has not been a barrier to awareness. In spite of awareness of HIV/AIDS and its spread, 73% of the respondents continued risk behaviour. The respondents included men and women and their reasons for risk behavior and their manifold misconceptions have been reported. The findings call for the need to address these issues in preventive programmes aimed at HIV control.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: SAARC=South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
Uncontrolled Keywords: HIV, awareness, misconceptions, high-risk behaviour
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Socio Behavioral
Divisions: Social and Behavioural Research
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2013 09:08
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 09:01
URI: http://eprints.nirt.res.in/id/eprint/685

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