African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 20, No. 4, 2020, pp. 1591-1600
Bioline Code: hs20115
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2020, pp. 1591-1600
© Copyright 2020 - Nwimo IO et al.
HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitude towards people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA): a cross-sectional study of primary school teachers|
Nwimo, Ignatius O; Elom, Nwamaka A; Ilo, Cajetan I; Ojide, Rita N; Ezugwu, Uchechukwu A; Eke, Vitalis U & Ezugwu, Lazaus E
Background: Teachers are in advantage position to propagate correct information with regard to HIV/AIDS thereby influencing attitude towards PLWHA. With correct information stigmatization leading to spread of the scourge might be
Aims & Objectives: The study was conducted to determine knowledge and attitude of primary school teachers towards
Methods & Materials: The cross-sectional survey was used to study a sample of 400 primary school teachers in Ebonyi
State, Nigeria. The instrument used for data collection was researchers’ designed questionnaire. Out of 400 copies of questionnaire
administered; 394 representing 98.5% return rate, were used for analysis of data.
Results: Results showed respondents had moderate (57.4%) knowledge concerning HIV/AIDS and positive attitude (3.09
± 0.98) to PLWHA. Female teachers’ dispositions to PLWHA were better than the males based on their attitude scores and
the difference was not significant in general knowledge of HIV/AIDS and attitude to PLWHA.
Conclusion: Our findings underscore the need for a universal health education programme, focusing on HIV/AIDS education,
in education institutions that train teachers in Nigeria so as to possibly mitigate the discrepancy in knowledge regarding
curability of AIDS and any undesirable attitude towards PLWHA that may arise among teachers.
HIV/AIDS; knowledge; attitude; PLWHA; primary school; teachers.