Perceptions of community HIV prevalence, own HIV infection, and condom use among teachers in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Chao, Li-Wei and Gow, Jeff and Akintola, Olagoke and Pauly, Mark (2007) Perceptions of community HIV prevalence, own HIV infection, and condom use among teachers in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. AIDS and Behavior, 11 (3). pp. 453-462. ISSN 1090-7165

Abstract

A total of 120 teachers from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, underwent HIV/AIDS training. As part of the study, the teachers were surveyed, before and after the training, about their perceptions of HIV prevalences among pupils, other teachers, and community members, and about their perceptions of their own HIV status. Before the training, the teachers estimated average HIV prevalences among pupils, other teachers, and other community members to be 36%, 48%, and 61%, respectively. One-third of the teachers believed that they had a 50% or greater chance of currently being infected with HIV. Male teachers and teachers with a university degree gave lower HIV prevalence estimates for other people but not for themselves. Frequency of condom use was positively related to teachers’ HIV prevalence estimates for other people. Teachers’ estimates of HIV prevalence and perceived risk of own HIV infection increased significantly after the HIV/AIDS training.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awaiting Author's version which may be deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: Dr Jeffrey Gow
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2009 05:21
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: HIV; AIDS; teachers; South Africa; risk perception; prevalence
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110309 Infectious Diseases
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920404 Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response)
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1007/s10461-006-9154-y
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5983

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