Revista de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 0124-0064
GOMEZ-BUSTAMANTE, Edna and COGOLLO-MILANES, Zuleima. Secondary students' knowledge about HIV-AIDS (Cartagena, Colombia). Rev. salud pública [online]. 2011, vol.13, n.5, pp.778-784. ISSN 0124-0064. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0124-00642011000500006.
Objective Determining the level of HIV/AIDS knowledge amongst high-students living in Cartagena, Colombia. Method A cross-sectional study was designed using a sample of secondary school students who completed a six-question questionnaire about their knowledge of HIV/AIDS and the myths related to it. Logistic regression was used for adjusting associations. Results A total of 2,625 10- to 20-year-old students participated in the research. A group of 249 (9.5 OR; 8.4-10.6 95 %CI) answered the questionnaire properly. Being a high-school student (2.62 OR; 4.82-13.29 95 %CI) and studying in a private school (1.32 OR, 1.24 to 3.54 95 %CI), adjusted for age, were associated with having good HIV/AIDS knowledge. Conclusions Students from secondary schools in Cartagena were seen to have limited knowledge of HIV/AIDS. A higher level of knowledge was observed amongst high school and private school students. More research is needed to strengthen sexual and reproductive health education.
Keywords : Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; attitude; adolescent; student; cross-sectional study.