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Knowledge and attitudes of young people in Guyana to HIV/AIDS

O'Toole, Brian, McConkey, Roy, Casson, Karen, Goetz-Goldberg, Debbie and Yazdani, Arash (2007) Knowledge and attitudes of young people in Guyana to HIV/AIDS. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 18 (3). pp. 193-197. [Journal article]

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HIV prevalence in Guyana is the third highest in the Caribbean which, in turn, is the second–most-affectedregion in the world. Over 2000 young people aged 12–20 years completed self-report questionnaires that examined theirknowledge of HIV/AIDS, their attitudes to sexual behaviours and their intentions with regard to virginity and use of condoms.Nearly one-quarter of young people aged 12–14 were sexually active and this rose to over one-third for youths aged 15 yearsand over, but condoms were only used consistently by two in five of these persons. Attitudes and intentions towards sexualbehaviour were significantly influenced by religious teaching as well as by gender and age. Hence, prevention strategies forthe spread of HIV/AIDS should harness religious belief and practice, especially in societies such as Guyana where religiousaffiliation remains strong.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:18328
Deposited By: Prof Roy McConkey
Deposited On:19 May 2011 11:36
Last Modified:19 May 2011 11:36

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