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ATTITUDE, KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS OF HIV AMONG PREGNANT WOMEN IN THE RURAL AREAS OF IMO STATE

Barinua K. Gbaranor*, Nazor P. Barinua-Gbaranor, Clinton D. Orupabo, Martha O. Iwodi, Peace E. Okpara, Progress Dakuro Victor, Abiye Tamuno-Opubo, Boma Harris Opusunju, Ajie Pearl C.

ABSTRACT

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) which is known to be the cause of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) affects people across the globe. HIV have been found to cause psychosocial problems among victims. However, success in stemming this dreaded disease in Nigeria has improved. The aim of this study is to evaluate the level of awareness of HIV among pregnant women in the rural areas of Imo State. The study revealed that 96.7% (58/60) are aware of HIV and 3.3% (2/60) shows no awareness about HIV. Also 96.7% (58/60) agreed that HIV exist and 83.3% (50/60) have done HIV screening test. The data collected from the study shows that 74.5% (41/55) of the respondents knew they were HIV positive before becoming pregnant, 25.5% (14/55) did not know, with a null response of 5. Also 91.7% (55/60) have been counselled and 86.7% (52/60) are ART. Statistical analysis at P value < 0.05 is significant. It is very important to enlighten women in the rural areas about the disease HIV so as to avoid complications and unnecessary spreading of the HIV.

Keywords: Attitude, Knowledge, Awareness, Human Immunodeficiency Virus.


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