Knowledge, Attitude and Practice on Mode of Transmission of HIV/AIDS and Prevention among Youths in the North West Region of CameroonTheresa Nkuo-Akenji1, Irene Ane Anyangwe2, and Richard N Fomboh3*
- *Corresponding Author:
- Richard N. Fomboh
Faculty Officer, Higher Institute of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Cameroon Christian University (CCU)-Cameroon, Cameroon
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: December 6, 2016; Accepted Date: January 03, 2017; Published Date: January 17, 2017
Citation: Nkuo-Akenji T, Anyangwe IA, Fomboh RN (2017) Knowledge, Attitude and Practice on Mode of Transmission of HIV/AIDS and Prevention among Youths in the North West Region of Cameroon. Clin Microbiol 6:270. doi: 10.4172/2327-5073.1000270
Copyright: © 2017 Nkuo-Akenji T, 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.
Introduction: This study was carried out using a multistage cross sectional study to evaluate the extent of knowledge on HIV/AIDS and its effects on youths in the North West Region of Cameroon. Method: The study was carried out on 1,120 (690 females and 430 males) students aged 15-24 years who consented to participate in the study from April to June, 2014. A questionnaire to assess the knowledge of the study population on mode of HIV/AIDS transmission and use of condom for prevention was developed and pretested to 100 students in one of the non-participating schools. Statistical analysis was done using the SPSS version 20 statistical package. Results: The majority of students (81%) were very knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS transmission and condom use as prevention methods (87%). Although the majority of students knew that the use of the condom can prevent HIV/AIDS transmission, 68.5% said that they will be embarrassed buying condoms. The study revealed that 51.7% had never been taught how to use the condom, while 72.7% had never used condoms. There was a good number (67.2%) who believed that promoting condom use is promoting sex. Conclusion: The lack of knowledge on HIV prevention methods and the high level of misconception, pose a need to intensify the education programs on HIV/AIDS prevention methods.