Knowledge and Attitude about HIV/AIDS among Medical Students in a Private Medical College in Coastal Karnataka

Kini, Sanjay and Mallya, Sneha D and Kamath, Veena G and Kamath, Asha and Coondoo, Ambika and Iyer, Karthik Vasudevan and Murali, Sujayendra D (2014) Knowledge and Attitude about HIV/AIDS among Medical Students in a Private Medical College in Coastal Karnataka. Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 3 (2). pp. 2277-9604. ISSN 2277-9604

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BACKGROUND:The understanding of HIV/AIDS by MBBS students and their attitudes towards managing a retropositive patient will impact their practice in future OBJECTIVES To study the knowledge and attitude about HIV/AIDS among medical students and to analyse change in knowledge levels based one year of study of MBBS METHODOLOGY A cross -­‐ sectional questionnaire based study was conducted in a private medical college in Karnataka among 610 MBBS students. Aspects regarding general and clinical knowledge of HIV/AIDS, attitude towards HIV infected patients were dealt with. RESULTS An I ncreasing trend in the knowledge from 1 st to 4 th year was seen in the following Aspects : knowledge regarding vertical transmission (78% to 93.3%) , transmission through breast feeding (3 1.9% to 85.3%) , tuberculosis as the most common opportunistic infection in HIV/AIDS (26.9% to 70%) , correct time of initiation of post exposure prophylaxis (5% to 46.7%) , facility for getting HIV test done confidentially (0.6% to 42.7%) . An increasing trend in the negative attitude towards HIV patients was seen from 1 st to 4 th year when it came to right to refuse surgical treatment to HIV patient (40% to 56%) and an increasing trend in the favourable response towards HIV patients were seen from 1 st year to 4 th year whenit came to their opinion whether HIV patients can be kept in general ward (57.5% to 78 CONCLUSION From the above study we conclude that the knowledge level on HIV/AIDS improve d based on year of study. Discriminatory attitude towards HIV patients still persisted among students of all the years.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge; Attitude; HIV/AIDS; Medical Students
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 08:53
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2016 08:53

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