Influence of HIV/AIDS Awareness on Sexual Behaviour of Undergraduates in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
AbstractBackground: The awareness of HIV/AIDS can influence sexual behaviour which can in turn decrease the rate of transmission of HIV. This study was done at Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka, Anambra State, to determine the awareness of HIV/AIDS and its effect on sexual behaviour of undergraduate students.
Method: This was a cross-sectional study which covered students at the main campus of the University. A convenience sampling technique was used and most of the faculties were randomly covered. A structured questionnaire was designed based on the findings from literature review.
Result: Approximately 98% of the students have heard of HIV/AIDS prior to the study and more than 89% could identify ways to protect oneself against sexually transmitted HIV/AIDS. More females (72%) than males (37%) reported non-use of condom during sex.
Conclusion: Majority of the students have heard of HIV/AIDS and many believe that it can be prevented. The high level of awareness has not timely influenced the students' sexual practice because it has not translated into healthier sexual practices. A significant number of students are sexually active and are involved in risky sexual practices that can expose them to HIV infection
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