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: 283

Full Length Research Paper

Preliminary statement of HIV/AIDS conceptions among students at Abomey-Calavi (Benin) campus

Victorien Tamègnon Dougnon*
  • Victorien Tamègnon Dougnon*
  • University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Polytechnic School of Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin.
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Clément Ahoussinou
  • Clément Ahoussinou
  • Ministry of Health, National Program of Fighting against AIDS, Akpakpa, Benin.
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Roch Houngnihin
  • Roch Houngnihin
  • Ministry of Health, National Program of the Pharmacopoeia and Traditional Medicine, Akpakpa, Benin.
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Septime Hessouh
  • Septime Hessouh
  • Ministry of Health, National Program of Fighting against AIDS, Akpakpa, Benin.
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Martin Aïna
  • Martin Aïna
  • University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Polytechnic School of Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin.
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Frédéric Loko
  • Frédéric Loko
  • University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Polytechnic School of Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin.
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  •  Received: 19 June 2012
  •  Accepted: 02 July 2014
  •  Published: 31 July 2014

Abstract

This study conducted at the campus of Abomey-Calavi in December 2009 evaluated students conceptions in relation to the theme of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS). A target population of students was approached through a questionnaire. This descriptive study showed that 45% of the students were not satisfied with the level of fighting against AIDS in Calavi campus. 81.81% of the students have already completed at least once time their HIV test. However, only 33% of them are aware of the figures of the real situation of HIV-AIDS in the student environment. 42.43% of the students were already sexually active and only 42% of them make systematic use of condoms with their partners. 48.48% of the studied population doubt the effective protection offered by condoms with HIV/AIDS, but 93.93% of them are aware of the actual existence of evil in the student environment. 60.60% of the target studies were between 20 and 25 years old. Nearly 90% of the students want the intensification of sensitization sessions in Calavi campus. This study provides an overview on knowledge about HIV/AIDS by students and could help to develop better strategies to fight the pandemic of the century among students. The student world is an important link in the fight against HIV/AIDS and greater attention should be paid to this layer.

 

Key words: Students, human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), infection, condoms, test, Calavi campus.