Gender Wise HIV Disease Awareness among Primary School Teachers in Islamabad

Authors

  • Mirza Inam Ul Haq, Shahzad Akhtar Aziz, Mahmood Ur Rahman, Shah Nawaz Attique, Iftikhar Ahmed Chauhdry

Keywords:

Primary School Teachers, HIV/AIDs, Stake holder, Prevention.

Abstract

Objective: To assess the level of awareness and methods of primary prevention about HIV/AIDS among primary school teachers.
Study Design: A descriptive cross-sectional study of 60 male and female teachers, between 25-40 years of age, teaching for at least three years in public and private schools situated in suburb of Islamabad, was conducted using a structured questionnaire. A stratified random sampling design was used to collect data. Analysis was done on SPSS version 17.
Place and Duration of Study: The study was conducted at Golra Station suburb in Islamabad from October 2012 to December 2012.
Results: 77 percent respondents have heard about the AIDs, 40 percent believe that they should not quit good relations with the AIDs Patient, 88 percent believe it is our moral obligation to help the aids victims, 50 percent believe AIDS is a major issue, and same strength responded that it is not their problem. Most of the respondents believe that AIDS is a preventable disease. Majority of the respondents are of the opinion that Government is not solely responsible to control AIDS,all the stake holders must participate in thecontrol of AIDS.
Conclusion: It is inspirational to know that majority has knowledge relating to HIV/AIDS. The study emphasizes the need to educate the teaching community about the prevention methods and to endow them with the crucial information and skills to facilitate them to inculcate knowledge to the younger generation at a younger age group as this can challenge the moral and ethical issue relating with the sexual spread of AIDS. However, taboos of public discussions of sexual illness remain a key limitation towards preventive activities.

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2014-12-01

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