KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDES RELATED TO HIV/AIDS AMONG MEDICAL AND ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES STUDENTS

  • Abhimanyu Singh Chauhan Programme Associate Research, Indian Institute of Public Health, Bhubaneswar. Public Health Foundation of India
  • Mohammad Akhtar Hussain Indian Institute of Public Health-Bhubaneswar Senior Lecturer, Indian Institute of Public Health-Bhubaneswar Public Health Foundation of India 2nd and 3rd Floor, JSS Software Technology Park E1/1, Infocity Road, Patia Bhubaneswar-751024
  • Sanghamitra Pati Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Public Health-Bhubaneswar Public Health Foundation of India 2nd and 3rd Floor, JSS Software Technology Park E1/1, Infocity Road, Patia Bhubaneswar-751024
  • Srinivas Nallala Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Public Health-Bhubaneswar Public Health Foundation of India
  • Jayanti Mishra Professor, Department of Physiology, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar

Abstract

Background: India estimates third highest number of HIV infections in the world, with about 2.4 million people currently living with HIV/AIDS. Adequately trained and sensitized healthcare professionals can play a vital role in combating this epidemic. Limited studies have explored knowledge and attitudes of medical students relating to HIV/AIDS, particularly in the eastern part of India. Methods: The present cross sectional study explored knowledge and attitudes of first year MBBS, BDS & BPT students of Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Bhubaneswar, Odisha on HIV/AIDS using a self-administered questionnaire. Data thus collected were analyzedand relevant statistics were calculated. Knowledge and attitude scores were determined and analysis of variance (ANOVA) test was used to examine the equality between the groups. Results: All students scored low on the overall knowledge scale (<10/15). Specifically, knowledgewas low on modes of transmission and treatment. Attitudinal scores in the areas of precautions and need for training on HIV was low for all the three streams.The willingness to treat HIV/AIDS patient was found to be high amongst study participants. Conclusion: There is a need and scope to provide correct and detailed information on HIV/AIDS for new entrants in medical and allied health sciences to help them acquire adequate knowledge and develop appropriate attitudes towards HIV/AIDS.
Published
2011-12-31
How to Cite
CHAUHAN, Abhimanyu Singh et al. KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDES RELATED TO HIV/AIDS AMONG MEDICAL AND ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES STUDENTS. Indian Journal of Community Health, [S.l.], v. 23, n. 2, p. 96-98, dec. 2011. ISSN 2248-9509. Available at: <http://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/43>. Date accessed: 21 aug. 2017.
Section
Original Article

Keywords

Awareness; Attitude; Medical students; Dental students; Physiotherapy students; Odisha