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Scirj Volume II, Issue VII, July 2014 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

School Children's Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding STIs/HIV; A Comparative Descriptive Study in Rural and Urban Settings in Sri Lanka

A.V. Pramuditha Madhavi, Sumeda S. Subasingha, Devika P. Chandrasekara, Menaka S. Jayakotana

Abstract: Using quantitative approach, a descriptive comparative study was conducted to assess and compare the adolescent school children's knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding STIs/HIV in rural and urban settings in Sri Lanka participating 294 students. The study tool was self administered questionnaire. This study identified the lacuna in the STIs/HIV knowledge, attitudes and beliefs among adolescent students in both settings. More than half (74.5%) of the students had not heard about STIs but all students had heard about HIV/AIDS in both settings. Most of the students responded correctly identifying unprotected sex, blood transfusion and injecting illegal drugs as modes of transmission of HIV. Half of the students in both settings did not know that the use of condom is the main safe method for prevention and control of STIs/HIV. Most of students in both settings agreed with the attitudes that "people with AIDS should be support helped and treated.

Reference this Paper: School Children's Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding STIs/HIV; A Comparative Descriptive Study in Rural and Urban Settings in Sri Lanka by A.V. Pramuditha Madhavi, Sumeda S. Subasingha, Devika P. Chandrasekara, Menaka S. Jayakotana published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume II, Issue VII, July 2014 Edition, Page 31-37 ".

Search Terms: adolescent, STIs/HIV, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs, rural and urban settings

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