HIV/AIDS awareness study of fresh students in tertiary institutions in Rivers State of Nigeria

  • SN Ibe Department of Microbiology, University of Port-Harcourt, P. M. B. 5323, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria


This study examined the knowledge, attitude and preventive practices (KAP) of 285 first year University of Port-Harcourt students regarding HIV/AIDS, in December 2002. Data was collected using structured questionnaires administered by two trained interviewers. Students had partial knowledge of the definition of HIV/AIDS, the mode of transmission, prevention and cure. Only 56.1% were concerned about contracting the virus although 70.2% had had sex, 57.0% had had sex without condom and 42.1% had had multiple sex partners. Similarly, 82.5% believed HIV/AIDS was in their institution but majority, 86.0%, had never tested for HIV. There is urgent need for more education, counselling and testing for HIV in order to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in tertiary institutions due to ignorance and risky behaviours.

Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management Vol. 9(1) 2005: 11-13

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