Knowledge, attitude and practices of STIs including HIV/AIDS among adolescents in Ghana

  • M Amoakah-Coleman Medical Practitioner at Korlebu-Teaching Hospital and also of School of Public Health, University of Ghana. Contact details: Post Office Box KN 2230 Kaneshie, Accra, Ghana
Keywords: Knowledge, Attitude, Practices, Adolescents, STIs, HIV/AIDS, Ghana

Abstract



This study examined knowledge, attitude and practices of sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS among adolescents in Ghana. A convenient sampling of 150 students from five schools in two suburbs within the Greater Accra Metropolis was used. Findings of the study show that adolescents in the sample have a wide gap between knowledge, attitude and practice with regards to STIs and HIV/AIDS though they become sexually active at an early age. There is also a lack of behavioural change which is reinforced by perceptions and misconception regarding STIs and HIV/AIDS. In the light of the findings of study, continuous and sustained multi-dimensional and holistic education is highlighted as important ingredient in the campaign against HIV/AIDS.

Keywords: Knowledge, Attitude, Practices, Adolescents, STIs, HIV/AIDS, Ghana

Gender and Behaviour. Vol. 4 (2) 2006: pp. 953-974
Published
2007-01-29
Section
Articles

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