The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
Vol. 32, No. 3, 2014, pp. 386-390
Bioline Code: hn14042
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 32, No. 3, 2014, pp. 386-390
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Educational Intervention among Barbers to Improve Their Knowledge regarding HIV/AIDS: A Pilot Study from a South Asian Country|
Krishanani, Mukesh Kumar; Ali, Faridah Amir; Khuwaja, Ali Khan; Qidwai, Waris & Ali, Badar Sabir
One of the Millennium Development Goals is to combat HIV, the burden of which continues to increase
in developing countries, like Pakistan. The prevalence is high among the high-risk population, and the use
of unsterilized surgical instruments, traditional straight razors, and blades adds to the spread of this disease.
This study assesses the effect of an educational intervention on the knowledge of 70 barbers practising in
a suburban community in Pakistan regarding HIV and its symptoms and transmission. At baseline, only
10% of the barbers reported that they had ever heard about HIV compared to 49% after the intervention.
Similarly, 4% and 6% of them had good knowledge at baseline about symptoms and transmission of the
disease, increasing to 39% and 43% respectively, after the intervention (p<0.001). The results of this educational
intervention warrant consideration of activation of mass campaigns to increase public awareness
about bloodborne diseases and to educate personnel who might harm the persons in their communities
by unsafe practices.
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; AIDS; Barbers; Educational intervention; Human immunodeficiency virus; HIV; Pakistan
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