Journal of
AIDS and HIV Research

  • Abbreviation: J. AIDS HIV Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2359
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAHR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 258

Full Length Research Paper

Awareness and knowledge levels about HIV/AIDS among high school students in Mugla, Turkey

Bora Ekinci1* and Atilla Goktas2
1Mugla School of Health Sciences, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Mugla, 48000, Turkey. 2Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Mugla, 48000, Turkey.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 15 October 2013
  •  Published: 30 November 2013

Abstract

This study was designed to investigate current awareness and knowledge levels of high school students about human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in a very popular tourism city Mugla, Turkey. The participants were consisted of 1184 students from 11 secondary schools in Mugla and asked to fill out a questionnaire form, which was consisted of 50 questions. The form contained two scales, one of socio-demographical property of the individuals and the other scale was about knowledge levels of students. The findings present a clear data of the well known dilemma of knowing the right thing and doing wrong about risks of those that should beware of AIDS. The average knowledge levels of students were found to be moderate with a score of 71.15 ± 4.87. All socio-demographic properties were found to be effective on knowledge levels of students. The results indicated that all students were aware of AIDS and know prevention methods, but they did not know the main target for what or whom they protect themselves.

 

Key words: High school students, knowledge levels, human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), Mugla.