Knowledge on AIDS among female adolescents in Bangladesh: Evidence from the Bangladesh demographic and health survey data

Khan, M. Asaduzzaman (2002) Knowledge on AIDS among female adolescents in Bangladesh: Evidence from the Bangladesh demographic and health survey data. Journal of Health Population And Nutrition, 20 2: 130-137.

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Author Khan, M. Asaduzzaman
Title Knowledge on AIDS among female adolescents in Bangladesh: Evidence from the Bangladesh demographic and health survey data
Journal name Journal of Health Population And Nutrition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1606-0997
Publication date 2002-01-01
Year available 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 130
End page 137
Total pages 8
Place of publication Dhaka
Publisher I C D D R B-centre Health Population Research
Language eng
Abstract To assess the knowledge on acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) among female adolescents in Bangladesh, this study used data extracted from the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) 1996-1997. Of 1,446 ever-married women included in the study, most were currently married (96%), Muslims (92%) and from rural areas (91%). Only one in six adolescents had ever heard of AIDS. Of them, 57% reported AIDS as a fatal disease almost always, while only 22% believed that AIDS could be avoided. Multivariate analysis revealed that knowledge on AIDS was strongly and positively associated with education of female adolescents and their husbands and varied significantly across different parts of the country. Knowledge on AIDS was higher among relatively older and urban residents who had access to television or radio and whose husbands were using condom. Strong efforts are needed to improve awareness and to clarify misconceptions about AIDS. Improved access to education, mass-media, and promotion of condom use could prevent AIDS among female adolescents in Bangladesh.
Keyword Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
HIV
HIV infections
knowledge, attitudes, practice
health education
Bangladesh
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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