Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2015, Page: 11-16
Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Knowledge Level among Out-of-School Youths in Wayu Tuka District, Western Ethiopia
Gemechu Kejela, Department of Public Health, Arbaminch University, Arbaminch, Ethiopia
Lemessa Oljira, Department of Public Health, Haramaya University, Harar, Ethiopia
Yadeta Dessie, Department of Public Health, Haramaya University, Harar, Ethiopia
Direslgne Misker, Department of Public Health, Arbaminch University, Arbaminch, Ethiopia
Received: Nov. 25, 2014;       Accepted: Dec. 15, 2014;       Published: Jan. 30, 2015
DOI: 10.11648/j.ejpm.20150301.13      View  2209      Downloads  138
Abstract
Background: Although there is a high awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention methods among youth, in Ethiopia, the problems are still rampant which indicates lack of comprehensive knowledge about its prevention methods among young peoples. Objectives: the main aim of this study was to assess comprehensive HIV/AIDS knowledge level and associated factors among out- of- school youths in Wayu Tuka district. Methods: A community based cross-sectional study was conducted. The data was collected using structured questionnaire from a total of 709 respondents selected systematically from 6 randomly selected kebeles of the district. Data was entered into EPI data version 3.02 and analyzed by using SPSS version 16.0. Multivariable logistic regression was applied to assess the association of the outcome variable and the explanatory variables. Variables with p-value of <0.05 at multivariable logistic regression were considered as statistically significant predictors of comprehensive HIV/AIDS knowledge. Result: comprehensive HIV/AIDS knowledge in this study was 25%. Comprehensive HIV/AIDS knowledge was higher among those with secondary (AOR[95%CI]= 3.38[1.534,7.455] and above (AOR[95%CI]=3.47[1.342,8.967] educational levels, who live with friends/partners (AOR[95%CI]=1.58[1.046,2.399] or relatives/other person AOR [95%CI] =2.35[1.071,5.171], who use media as their major information source (AOR[95%CI]=2.17[1.027,4.562]) and who discussed about sexual matter with their parents (AOR[95%CI]= 2.36[1.531,3.643]). Conclusions: In this study, comprehensive HIV/AIDS knowledge was low. So, appropriate information education and communication programs needs to be intensified for out-of-school youths in the study area.
Keywords
Out-of-School Youths, HIV/AIDS, Comprehensive Knowledge, Wayu Tuka
To cite this article
Gemechu Kejela, Lemessa Oljira, Yadeta Dessie, Direslgne Misker, Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Knowledge Level among Out-of-School Youths in Wayu Tuka District, Western Ethiopia, European Journal of Preventive Medicine. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2015, pp. 11-16. doi: 10.11648/j.ejpm.20150301.13
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