Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Hiv/Aids Counseling and Testing among Nursing Science Students in Imo State University
Ezeama, M. C.1*, Akalonu, A. P.1, Nnorom, R. M.1, Nwosu, D. C.2, Nwanjo, H. U.2, Amah, H.2 & Obasi, C. C.3
1Department of Nusring Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Imo State University, Owerri
2Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Imo State University, Owerri
3Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Imo State University, Owerri
Dr. Ezeama, M. C., Department of Nusring Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Imo State University, Owerri.
Keywords: Knowledge of HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing Attitude; Practice of Nursing Science Students
HIV/AIDS counseling and testing is a very significant strategy used in the prevention, treatment and control of HIV/AIDS. This study assessed the knowledge, attitude and practice of HIV/AIDS counseling and testing among nursing science students in Imo State University Owerri, Orlu Campus. Target population is 400 level students. Data “were collected using semi-structured questionnaire. Data were analyzed, described and presented using frequency and percentage table.
Findings showed that majority of the nursing students 79(100%) had heard good of the knowledge of HIV/AIDS counseling and testing 20(25.3%) said they heard about HIV/AIDS counseling and testing from school, 55(69.6%) of the respondents agreed that it is important for nursing students to know their HIV/AIDS status also on the practice of HIV/AIDS counseling and testing 58(73.4%o) of nursing science students said that they are worried about contacting HIV/AIDS infection while 32(40.5%) said that they are not worried about contacting it. In determining attitude towards knowing ones HIV status 55(69.6%) 90 Agreed, 14(17.7%) Disagree, 10(12.7%) were undecided about it. In respondents 30(38%) Agreed that HIV testing counseling reduce infection while 27(34.2%) disagreed and 22(27.9%) where undecided about it. Respondents showing that they are at risk of acquiring HIV infection in their career is 47(59.5%) while 32(40.5%) respondents said they are not. Respondents showing those that are worried about HIV/AIDS infection are 58(73.4%) while 21(26.6%) are not worried about it. Respondents that said yes that it is good for nursing students to go for HIV/AIDS testing was 51(64.6%) while 11(13.9%) said no and 17(21%) don’t know. 400 level students that have gone for HIV/AIDS testing 47(59.5%o) while 32(40.59%) have not yet. Respondents that have heard about HIV/AIDS is 79(100%), 13(16.5%) have heard about HIV/AIDS counseling and testing 13(16.5%) from radio, 8(10.1%o) from television, 3(3.8%) from newspaper, 2(2.5%) from magazine, 6(7.6%) from books, 5(6.3%) from posters, 7(8.9%) from clothing, 4(5.1%) from drama, 20(25.3%) from school and 11(13.9%) from hospital.
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