Variables Yes % No % DK %
Has heard of HIV/AIDS 397 100.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
Has heard of HIV/AIDS prevention methods 391 98.5 6 1.5 0 0.0
Healthy looking person can have the virus 201 50.6 138 34.8 58 14.6
There is special medication for PMCT 335 84.4 35 8.8 27 6.8
There is special medication to persons who have HIV/AIDS 310 78.1 49 12.3 38 9.6
Means of transmission Unprotected sex 377 95.0 20 5.0 0 0.0
Sharing sharp instrument 342 86.1 55 13.9 0 0.0
Blood transmission without test 340 85.6 57 14.4 0 0.0
Interavenous drug use 203 51.1 194 48.9 0 0.0
during pregnancy 269 67.8 99 24.9 29 7.3
during delivery 320 80.6 55 13.9 22 5.5
during breast feeding 311 78.3 51 12.8 35 8.8
Misconceptions about transmissions of HIV Mosquitoe bite 55 13.9 289 72.8 53 13.4
Sharing foods 27 6.8 358 90.2 12 3.0
Curse of God 220 55.4 123 31.0 54 13.6
Means of prevetion Condom use 292 73.6 73 18.4 32 8.1
Limit sex with one partner 364 91.7 33 8.3 0 0.0
Limit number of sexual partners 302 76.1 95 23.9 0 0.0
Avoid sex with prostitutes 327 82.4 70 17.6 0 0.0
Avoid sex with persons who have many sexual partners 333 83.9 64 16.1 0 0.0
Avoid sex with homosexuals 290 73.0 107 27.0 0 0.0
Avoid blood transfusion without test 336 84.6 61 15.4 0 0.0
Avoid sharing razors/blades 344 86.6 53 13.4 0 0.0
* DKI Don’t Know.
Table 2: Frequency of the respondents’ knowledge about HIV/AIDS transmission, prevention and some misconceptions in Hosanna Colleges, SNNPR, Ethiopia, March 2012 (N=397).
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