Hiv/Aids Summary of Research Study

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CHAPTER I THE PROBLEM Introduction Infection with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) results in destruction of the body’s host defenses and immune system leading to the condition called Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). HIV-AIDS is one of the world’s greatest public health crises. For many years, because of lack of understanding and effective treatment, it is now considered a rapidly progressing fatal disease. HIV infection in humans is considered pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2003) reported that there are more than 20 million died from HIV-AIDS globally. The DOH National Epidemiology Center (2011) reported that from 1984 to 2011, there were…show more content…
More males than females are familiar with STD. Slightly higher percentage of females however said that AIDS can be contracted from a healthy looking person (62 % vs. 57%). But studies show that females have the greater level of awareness than males. Results also show that education reinforces knowledge regarding HIV/AIDS. The percentage who believed that AIDS infection is possible through single intercourse and from a healthy looking person increases with level of educational attainment. Those with college education in particular appear to be knowledgeable on HIV/AIDS. The Church’s traditional opposition to sexuality and reproductive health education in schools has affected what can be taught and how, thus affecting the quality of the information available to young people. (Varga, C.A, 2003) In terms of religion, studies show that Catholics are generally more aware and knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS compared to those belonging to other religious affiliation. More Catholics are familiar with and have heard of AIDS and know that a healthy looking person can be a carrier of the virus. However, more youth from other religions (aside from Catholics, Islam and other Christian denominations) know that a single sexual intercourse could lead to HIV infection. (Laguna, E.P., 2004) Independent Variables Dependent Variable Figure 1
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