HIV-Related Knowledge among PLWHA Attending a Tertiary Care Hospital at Coastal South India—A Facility-Based Study

*, Arjun B Y and *, Unnikrishnan B and *, John T Ramapuram and *, Rekha T and Mithra, Prasanna P and Madi, Deepak and *, Nithin Kumar and Kulkarni, Vaman and Holla, Ramesh and Ambalavanan, Jayachidambaram and *, Darshan Bhagawan (2017) HIV-Related Knowledge among PLWHA Attending a Tertiary Care Hospital at Coastal South India—A Facility-Based Study. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, 16 (6). pp. 615-619. ISSN 23259574

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Abstract

Background: Adequate knowledge about HIV/AIDS among people living with HIV (PLHIV) is essential for the prevention of HIV transmission. Methods: A cross-sectional study consisting of 409 PLHIV aged �18 years were interviewed regarding their HIV-related knowledge, from April 2014 to April 2015. HIV-related knowledge was assessed using the HIV knowledge questionnaire 18 . Univariate and multivariate analyses were done to determine the factors associated with high HIV-related knowledge. Odds ratios with its corresponding 95% confidence intervals were reported. A value of P < .05 was considered to be statistically significant. Results: Among 409 PLHIV, 46.2% had high HIV-related knowledge. Univariate analysis yields factors like upper socioeconomic status, those who are literates, unemployed, and adherent to antiretroviral therapy (ART) were associated with higher HIV-related knowledge. On multivariate analysis, upper socioeconomic status and adherence to ART were the factors that remained significantly associated with higher HIV-related knowledge. Conclusion: HIV-related knowledge among PLHIV can be improved through HIV educational programs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: HIV/AIDS, PLHIV, HIV-related knowledge, HIV-KQ-18, South India
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2017 05:09
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2017 05:09
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/150316

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