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Title: HIV/AIDS: Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of School Adolescents in the Kwaebibirem District of Ghana
Authors: Abruquah, H.H.
Bio, F.Y.
Keywords: Kwaebibirem
Ghana
STIs
HIV/AIDS
promiscuity
Issue Date: Aug-2008
Publisher: Journal of Science and Technology
Citation: Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 28 No. 2, 2008 pp 10-18
Abstract: The study was to assess the knowledge, attitudes and sexual practices relating to HIV/AIDS among adolescents attending both categories of schools. Structured questionnaire was administered by a multistage sampling technique to 600 pupils and students, selected from six Junior Secondary Schools and three Senior Secondary Schools from different towns in the Kwaebibirem district in Ghana. A total of 531 (92.2%) agreed that sexual promiscuity is on the ascendancy among adolescents. The overall mean age of sexual activity debut among both boys and girls was 11.4 years. High-risk sexual behaviour increased with increasing age and class, and was significantly higher among females than males. Condom use was generally low among the sexually active adolescents. Generally knowledge of STIs among the adolescents was low. Nearly half did not know the origin of HIV/AIDS, but 83% knew sexual intercourse as the highest mode of transmission, whilst about 64% knew HIV/AIDS could be prevented through abstinence and condom use. It was concluded that sexual promiscuity is on the ascendancy among the adolescents, but their knowledge of STIs is generally low. More education is therefore needed to keep them well informed about HIV/AIDS.
Description: Article published in the Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 28 No. 2, 2008 pp 10-18
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/5232
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