Knowledge and Attitude of Couples, Referring to Kerman Pre-marriage Counseling Center, towards AIDS, 2008

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Fatemeh Balali Meybodi 1 , * , Minoo Mahmoudi Zarandi 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Balali Meybodi F , Mahmoudi Zarandi M . Knowledge and Attitude of Couples, Referring to Kerman Pre-marriage Counseling Center, towards AIDS, 2008, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2010 ; 6(2):e60768.

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 6 (2); e60768
Published Online: January 15, 2010
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 23, 2017
Accepted: October 20, 2009

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Abstract

Background & Objective: AIDS is not only a health problem but also a socio-cultural challenge
leading to economic problems. Since appropriate health behavior is the result of adequate
knowledge and attitude, this study was performed on couples, referring to Kerman pre-marriage
counseling center, to determine their knowledge and attitude towards AIDS and its related factors.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 1020 couples participated. Data was collected using a
questionnaire concerning demographic information, and including 22 questions about knowledge
and 10 items about attitudes.
Results: According to our findings, the couples’ knowledge level was excellent in 40.1%, good in
37.4%, moderate in 20% and poor in 2.6%. The attitude was excellent in 58.4%, good in 33.5%,
moderate in 7.1% and poor in 1.1%. There was a significant relationships between knowledge and
attitude with age, educational status and career using Chi-square test (P=0.0001 in all cases) in a
way that those with higher educational levels, in age group between 16 to 35 years old and
employees had better knowledge and a more positive attitude. There was also a significant
relationship between the attitude and sex (P=0.0001); male participants showed a more positive
attitude compared with women. Among sources of knowledge, radio and TV were the most
frequently mentioned ones (59.9%).
Conclusion: Our results suggest that TV and radio are the most frequent information resources so
improving their related educational programs according to addressed group is necessary. More
attention to health education in schools accompanied with cooperation and supervision of health
sector is recommended.

Keywords

Knowledge Attitude AIDS Couples

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