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HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitudes among women of child-bearing age in South Sudan: Findings from a household survey
journal contributionposted on 23.03.2021, 03:23 by William MudeWilliam Mude, Victor M Oguoma, Hailay A Gesesew, Edward K Ameyaw, Carolyne Njue, Tafadzwa Nyanhanda, Adeniyi AdeleyeAdeniyi 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.
Number of Pages15
PublisherPublic Library of Science
Publisher LicenseCC BY
Additional RightsCC BY 4.0
External Author Affiliations, University of Canberra; Flinders University; University of Technology Sydney
HIVSouth SudanPsychological attitudesBehavioral and social aspects of healthSocioeconomic aspects of healthHuman immunodeficiency virusAcquired immune deficiency syndromeAfrican women’s vulnerability to HIV/AIDSAcquired Immunodeficiency SyndromeAdolescentAdultEducational StatusFemaleHIV InfectionsHealth Knowledge, Attitudes, PracticeHumansRural PopulationSurveys and QuestionnairesYoung Adult