HIV Infection among Individuals at the University of Dschang: Prevalence, Awareness, and Sexual Practices

Patrick A Njukeng, N Nji AjagaNji, Lucy Lucy Aghangu

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Between September 2009 and October 2010 we conducted a study to determine the HIV prevalence, level of awareness, and sexual practices among students of the University of Dschang, so as to recommend a practical approach to prevention at the institution. HIV testing was carried out using the Determine and Oraquick Diagnostic tests Kits, (Method: As described by the   manufacturer) and each respondent completed a questionnaire.  Of the 659 respondents, 389 (59%) were males and 270 (41%) females; of these, 7 (1.1%) were confirmed positive by the two tests.  All who responded to the questionnaire were aware of the different modes of acquiring HIV-infection, and 137 (56.6%) respondents reported heterosexual practice. Compared with the general population, HIV prevalence in this student population is still low and offers an opportunity to develop targeted intervention strategies

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HIV Infection, Prevention, University of Dschang

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