Knowledge, Attitude and Behavioral Practices Regarding HIV/AIDS Infection and Prevention among Rural Students in Cameroon
- *Corresponding Author:
- Bernadette Ngo Nonga
University Teaching Hospital of Yaoundé, Cameroon
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: September 16, 2016; Accepted date: October 13, 2016; Published date: October 21, 2016
Citation: Ombotto S, Nonga BN, Ntone F, Ambassa G, Zonk DA (2016) Knowledge, Attitude and Behavioral Practices Regarding HIV/AIDS Infection and Prevention among Rural Students in Cameroon. J Community Med Health Educ 6:480. doi:10.4172/2161-0711.1000480
Copyright: © 2016 Ombotto S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: The objective of this study was to determine knowledge, attitudes and practices towards HIV/AIDS infection and prevention among Youth form a rural zone in Cameroon. Materials and methods: We conducted a cross sectional study from January to April 2014 in students 15-24 years living in a rural zone in Cameroon. We included all consenting students who have accepted to answer to a self- administered questionnaire. Results: We recruited 956 students with a sex ratio of 0.67. The mean age was 18 ± 2.2 years. All the students have heard about HIV and 88% knew about at least one mean for prevention. The hospital was the best place for screening in 75% of them and for treatment in 59% of the students. More than half (53%) were sexually active: 63% from them had 2 to 3 partners, 17% had casual partners, 42% did not used condoms during last sexual intercourse and the mains reasons for that were rush and trust. In this study, 82% of the students have never done a screening test. Conclusion: Although all the students have heard about HIV, more information is needed for screening, treatment and prevention measures.