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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 21--24

HIV/AIDS related knowledge, risk perception, attitude and sexual behavior of working women staying in hostels

1 Department of Community Medicine, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
2 Department of PSM University College of Medical Sciences, Shahdara, Delhi 110 095, India

Correspondence Address:
Arun Kr Sharma
Dept of Community Medicine, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences Ghopa, Dharan
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PMID: 17664693

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HIV infection poses a formidable threat to women's health. Already, in India, women account for 21.3% of all AIDS cases. In metropolitan cities women living alone in hostels and having independent income, may have a liberal life style and chances of practising high risk sexual behaviour is greater. This study was conducted to assess the risks and risk perception of such women. Among eighty-nine hostel residents, AIDS awareness was 92.1%. Very few respondents had adequate knowledge about modes of transmission and methods of prevention. Risk perception was poor, however high risk behaviour was less commonly practised by this group.

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