Volume No. :   6

Issue No. :  2

Year :  2014

ISSN Print :  0975-4407

ISSN Online :  2321-5836


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Knowledge, Attitude and Practice about HIV amongst the Medical Undergraduates of Bastar Region



Address:   Sanat Sharma*, Tabish Ahmed, Syed Sajid Ali, Raj Sharma, Devender Sachdev
Late Shree Baliram Kashyap Memorial Government Medical College Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh.
*Corresponding Author
DOI No: Not Available

ABSTRACT:
“AIDS” is the acronym of “Acquired Immune-Deficiency Syndrome” which is a fatal disease described variously as modern plague, modern scourge, devastating disease, insidious microbiological bomb, biological disaster and so-on. It is a world health problem of extraordinary scale and extreme urgency. AIDS has emerged as one of the most important public health issues of the late twentieth and early twenty- first centuries and is now one of the leading causes of global morbidity and mortality. HIV/AIDS, the disease, whose mode of transmission is known and is largely preventable, but due to lack of knowledge and practices about HIV in general population causes its rapid spread. It is a well-known fact that the estimated prevalence of HIV infection among people of 15-49 years in India is almost1%. It has made our country to stand in second position among the list of countries having more number of HIV patients. To assess the knowledge, Attitude, Practice amongst medical undergraduates of Government Medical College, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh. The present cross sectional study was conducted on 100 medical undergraduates. The information concerning basic knowledge of HIV infection, its mode of transmission and methods of prevention were gathered in a predesigned and pretested questionnaire. The results of our study showed that all the medical undergraduates (100%) students heard about the infection. Television (95%) and Newspaper (81%) were the most common sources of information about HIV. Although, all of them had correct knowledge about the causative agent, but only 43% had knowledge about availability of drugs to halt the progression of infection in the body. The students excelled in their knowledge about availability of centres for diagnosis (73%). Majority of them (98%) were well informed about sexual route being the commonest mode of transmission. Misconceptions about transmission were also prevailing in the students. The study recommended the need for development and organization of HIV/AIDS training sessions at regular intervals from high school level to inception of medical curriculum.
KEYWORDS:
Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, Medical undergraduates, HIV, Bastar region.
Cite:
Sanat Sharma, Tabish Ahmed, Syed Sajid Ali, Raj Sharma, Devender Sachdev. Knowledge, Attitude and Practice about HIV amongst the Medical Undergraduates of Bastar Region. Research Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacodynamics. 2014; 6(2): 82-85.
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