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

African University Students’ Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and knowledge transfer

Tuntufye Selemani Mwamwenda
  • Tuntufye Selemani Mwamwenda
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, 50 Holzner Road, Pinetown 3610, South Africa
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  •  Accepted: 23 July 2013
  •  Published: 30 September 2013


The objective of African University students’ knowledge of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and transfer of knowledge sought to examine the extent to which African university students are knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS transmission, infection and prevention, and its impact on sexual behaviour change. Descriptive statistics in the form of frequency, percentage and chi-square were used as method of data analysis. The sample comprised 366 participants drawn from three universities located in Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania. The results showed that the level of HIV/AIDS knowledge among the participants was very high, and that such knowledgeability had an impact on participants’ sexual behaviour change. It was concluded that such findings serve as reinforcement to the concerted effort in HIV/AIDS public education. Such effort ought to be kept in place, particularly for the fact that there are still some misconceptions about HIV/AIDS which call for timely intervention.


Key words: Sexual behavior change, human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) infection, HIV/AIDS knowledgeability, transfer of learning, African students.