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HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitudes among women of child-bearing age in South Sudan: Findings from a household survey

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posted on 23.03.2021, 03:23 by William Mude, Victor M Oguoma, Hailay A Gesesew, Edward K Ameyaw, Carolyne Njue, Tafadzwa Nyanhanda, Adeniyi Adeleye, Tinashe Dune, Billingsley Kaambwa, Lillian Mwanri
This study assessed the determinants that shape HIV knowledge and attitudes among South Sudanese women by analysing a Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey collected from 9,061 women in 9,369 households. Generalised linear mixed model regression was performed. Fifty percent of respondents were aware of HIV/AIDS, with 21% and 22% exhibiting good knowledge and positive attitudes towards people with HIV/AIDS, respectively. When controlled for individual and community-level variables, younger women (AOR=1.28, 95% CI: 1.01-162), women with primary (AOR=2.19; 95% CI: 1.86-2.58) and secondary (AOR=4.48; 95% CI: 3.38-5.93) education, and those living in urban areas (AOR=1.40; 95% CI: 1.12-1.76) had significantly good knowledge. Women in the richer (AOR=1.60; 95% CI: 1.08-2.36) and the richest (AOR=2.02; 95% CI: 1.35-3.02) wealth quintiles had significant positive attitudes towards people with HIV/AIDS. Well-designed social and behavioural campaigns targeting uneducated women and those living in rural and remote settings will enhance knowledge of perceived risk, awareness, and ability to carry out preventive behaviours.

History

Volume

15

Issue

12

Start Page

1

End Page

15

Number of Pages

15

eISSN

1932-6203

ISSN

1932-6203

Location

United States

Publisher

Public Library of Science

Publisher License

CC BY

Additional Rights

CC BY 4.0

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

25/11/2020

External Author Affiliations

, University of Canberra; Flinders University; University of Technology Sydney

Era Eligible

Yes

Medium

Electronic-eCollection

Journal

PLoS ONE

Article Number

e0243969