Awareness of AIDS among STD clinic attenders in the Cape Peninsula

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Steinberg, M en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Blecher, Mark S en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-11T07:59:17Z
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dc.date.issued 1992 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Blecher, M. 1992. Awareness of AIDS among STD clinic attenders in the Cape Peninsula. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25544
dc.description.abstract This descriptive study aimed to determine the knowledge, attitudes and practices about AIDS among Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD} clinic attenders in the Cape Peninsula. A questionnaire containing open and closed questions in the appropriate language (English, Afrikaans or Xhosa) was administered by trained clinic staff to 306 patients in 9 of the 29 STD Clinics in the region. The study was requested by the local authorities to initiate and improve AIDS education programmes within the STD clinics. 306 patients were interviewed in 9 clinics. The median age of attenders was 25 years. The median period of residence in the peninsula was 7 years. Knowledge of AIDS is reasonably good when tested by true/false questions but much worse when tested by open questions. Knowledge bears little relationship to practice. There is inadequate awareness of the asymptomatic carrier state, the incurability of AIDS and ways to prevent AIDS. Sexual practice is high risk. Condom use is extremely low especially in the African areas where only 9,6% used a condom in the past year. Prostitution is perceived to be a common occurrence in attenders' communities. There is a low perception of risk to self. The most important beliefs militating against condom use are that they are unacceptable to partners and peer group. More information about AIDS was requested by 90% of patients and a strong preference was expressed for programmes to be conducted in the patient's home language. This study supports the urgent need for an AIDS education and counselling programmes for patients with STD's in the region. Recommendations include the need to address the emotions, attitudes and beliefs that affect behaviour as well as to convey knowledge. Condom acceptability poses a major problem that will need to be addressed. Patients with STDs represent an extremely important core group for HIV transmission to others in the community and need specific attention and resources. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome - South Africa~Health education - South Africa en_ZA
dc.title Awareness of AIDS among STD clinic attenders in the Cape Peninsula en_ZA
dc.type Masters Thesis
dc.date.updated 2017-08-22T12:59:09Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Paediatrics and Child Health en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MPhil en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Blecher, M. S. (1992). <i>Awareness of AIDS among STD clinic attenders in the Cape Peninsula</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Department of Paediatrics and Child Health. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25544 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Blecher, Mark S. <i>"Awareness of AIDS among STD clinic attenders in the Cape Peninsula."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, 1992. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25544 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Blecher MS. Awareness of AIDS among STD clinic attenders in the Cape Peninsula. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, 1992 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25544 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Blecher, Mark S AB - This descriptive study aimed to determine the knowledge, attitudes and practices about AIDS among Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD} clinic attenders in the Cape Peninsula. A questionnaire containing open and closed questions in the appropriate language (English, Afrikaans or Xhosa) was administered by trained clinic staff to 306 patients in 9 of the 29 STD Clinics in the region. The study was requested by the local authorities to initiate and improve AIDS education programmes within the STD clinics. 306 patients were interviewed in 9 clinics. The median age of attenders was 25 years. The median period of residence in the peninsula was 7 years. Knowledge of AIDS is reasonably good when tested by true/false questions but much worse when tested by open questions. Knowledge bears little relationship to practice. There is inadequate awareness of the asymptomatic carrier state, the incurability of AIDS and ways to prevent AIDS. Sexual practice is high risk. Condom use is extremely low especially in the African areas where only 9,6% used a condom in the past year. Prostitution is perceived to be a common occurrence in attenders' communities. There is a low perception of risk to self. The most important beliefs militating against condom use are that they are unacceptable to partners and peer group. More information about AIDS was requested by 90% of patients and a strong preference was expressed for programmes to be conducted in the patient's home language. This study supports the urgent need for an AIDS education and counselling programmes for patients with STD's in the region. Recommendations include the need to address the emotions, attitudes and beliefs that affect behaviour as well as to convey knowledge. Condom acceptability poses a major problem that will need to be addressed. Patients with STDs represent an extremely important core group for HIV transmission to others in the community and need specific attention and resources. DA - 1992 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1992 T1 - Awareness of AIDS among STD clinic attenders in the Cape Peninsula TI - Awareness of AIDS among STD clinic attenders in the Cape Peninsula UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25544 ER - en_ZA


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