HIV knowledge and stigmatization among adolescents in Yemeni schools

B. Al-Iryani, Y.A. Raja'a, G. Kok, B. van den Borne

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The number of assessments on HIV knowledge and stigmatization among adolescents in Yemen is still very limited. This cross-sectional study aimed to have a better understanding on the level of knowledge on HIV transmission and prevention. Also, this study explored the level of stigma and discrimination among students toward people living with HIV (PLWH). The study sample consisted of 2,274 male and female students (mean age 16.6 years) randomly selected from 27 high schools in Aden, Yemen. The results revealed low levels of knowledge on major prevention measures, such as condoms, where only 49.4% knew that condoms could protect from HIV infection; and high levels of misconceptions on the modes of transmission. In addition, the study revealed a high level of stigma and discrimination toward people living with HIV. The results would serve as a baseline for implementing a school-based educational program on HIV/AIDS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-320
JournalInternational Quarterly of Community Health Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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