The assessment of knowledge about AIDS and its prevention on Isfahan high school students

Abstract number: 1733_1404

Karimi I., Ataei B.

Introduction: Since there isn't any effective vaccination against AIDS, the best way for prevention is to increase the knowledge in society; especially adolescents and students in high schools, as the most common location for accumulation of young men and women, has a special importance. The target of this study was to evaluate knowledge about AIDS in high school students of Isfahan, in 2003.

Methods: 1,200 validated questionnaires consisting of 20 questions divided between students of six regions of Isfahan education organisation. In each region 100 male and 100 female students from different fields and grades answered the questions. Then the data were obtained and the result analysed by SPSS 11 software with different statistical tests including spearman c2 and Student's t.

Results: The knowledge score increased with increasing educational level of parents, especially mother (P < 0.001). There is a relationship between knowledge score and field of education and grade of students. The knowledge level in female students was significantly higher than in males. It was shown to increase with increasing age (P < 0.001) and mean scores of students (P = 0.006).

Among the resources of obtaining information, the most was radio and TV (83.6%) then newspapers and magazines (63.3%); the most uncommon sources were educational programmes in their schools (24.2%) and textbooks (24.3%).

Discussion: Overall the highest level of knowledge was among females, older, high grade, students of experimental sciences field, rich regions and educated parents.

Session Details

Date: 31/03/2007
Time: 00:00-00:00
Session name: European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Location: ICC, Munich, Germany
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