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Title: HIV risk-taking behaviours as consequences of HIV knowledge and perceived risk of HIV among university undergraduates
Authors: Olapegba, Peter O
Ladeinde, V. S.
Keywords: HIV, risk-taking behaviour, knowledge, perceived-risk, HIV risky behaviour.
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences
Abstract: This study examined knowledge and perceived risk of HIV infection as factors likely to affect HIV risk-taking behaviours. Two hundred and sixty nine undergraduates of the University of Ibadan participated in this cross-sectional survey (154 male and 115 female). Data were collected using three structured and validated scales. Results indicated that HIV knowledge has a significant effect on HIV risk-taking behaviours. Perceived risk of HIV also has a significant effect on risk-taking behaviours. It was concluded that inadequate/inappropriate knowledge of HIV, increases HIV risk-taking behaviours. Attitudes that personal efforts do not affect health outcomes also increases HIV risk-taking behaviours. It is thus recommended that HIV awareness campaigns be intensified, while attitudinal change initiatives should be embarked upon to discourage HIV risk-taking behaviour.
ISSN: 1597 5207
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