Assessing variability of HIV transmission attitudes and behaviors at an urban northeastern university

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1996-04
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Donnelly, J.
Donnelly, M.
Kittleson, M. J.
Procaccino, A. T.
Fogarty, K. J.
Duncan, D. F.
McClerren, B. L.
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Psychological reports. 1996 Apr; 78(2): 375-83.

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Teenagers in the United States are one of the populations whose HIV infection rates are increasing most rapidly. This study was designed to measure college students' knowledge of HIV transmission methods using Kittleson and Venglarcik's HIV Transmission Survey. Participants (N= 167) were divided into two groups, 99 students from a rural background and 68 students from an urban background. Students from an urban background were significantly more knowledgeable about documented HIV transmission modes than students from a rural background. Men were significantly less aware of documented HIV transmission modes than women. These results suggest that education about AIDS needs to be improved. The current educational procedures do not properly inform students in a fashion which exhibits the true risk of infection and those behaviors which increase risk. Fifteen years after the discovery of the HIV virus students are still largely unaware that they are at risk for contracting a fatal disease.

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