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HIV and AIDS Knowledge and Stigma in Guyana: Professor Prem Misir's International Book Tour 2014

Mar 25, 2014, 2:30pm-4:30pm

About the book: This cross-sectional study used a purposive sample of 379 high school students from fifteen urban and rural high schools in Guyana and assessed their HIV and AIDS knowledge and stigma-related attitudes, and the relationships among gender, age, religion and race/ethnicity and HIV/AIDS knowledge.

Most of the high school students displayed an overall moderate level of HIV and AIDS knowledge. The students understood the modes of HIV transmission; they recognized the symptoms of HIV and AIDS; nearly half of them believed that a blood donor was at risk of contracting HIV; and about one-fifth of the students embraced myths and misconceptions surrounding HIV and AIDS. There was no statistically significant difference in the knowledge scores of male and female students. Knowledge scores, nevertheless, differed significantly between the 13 to 15 and 16 to 18 age groups, and among the religious and ethnic groups. Stigma-related attitude scores did not differ significantly for gender and age, but differed significantly for religion and ethnicity among students. The study showed fissures in HIV/AIDS knowledge and substantial stigma-related attitudes. Limited understanding of the myths and misconceptions of HIV and AIDS demands a new focus on how HIV is transmitted.

About the author: Professor Prem Misir is the pro-chancellor of the University of Guyana and professor in public health at the University of Central Lancashire in England. In addition, he is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Guyana, teaching research methodology and biostatistics. He was also visiting professor at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, and Anton de Kom University of Suriname.


Location:305 Founders College
Sponsor:Centre for Feminist Research, Sexuality Studies Program
Posted by:Vivian Lee
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