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HIV/AIDS Knowledge of Undergraduate Students at a Historically Black College and University

Public Health Clinical Specialist, Lewisville Medical Pharmacy, Lewisville, TX 75057, USA
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39213, USA
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Diseases 2018, 6(4), 98;
Received: 8 September 2018 / Revised: 18 October 2018 / Accepted: 22 October 2018 / Published: 31 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Infectious Disease Epidemiology)
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Objective: This study among 400 undergraduate students enrolled at Jackson State University (JSU) study aimed to assess knowledge about HIV and AIDS among African-American undergraduate students attending a historically black college and university. A cross-sectional survey was conducted. Data were collected using a validated, self-administered, and standardized questionnaire on knowledge regarding risks for HIV and AIDS. Three hundred and eighty-six students (96.5%) had good knowledge about HIV and AIDS, although some participants had misconceptions about the modes of HIV infection transmission. There were no significant gender differences for HIV and AIDS knowledge among the participants (χ2 = 3.05; P = 0.08). In general we concluded that JSU undergraduate students had adequate knowledge about HIV transmission modes and AIDS, although some participants had misconceptions about the routes of HIV infection transmission. Hence, this study calls for strengthening HIV and AIDS awareness education among undergraduate students. View Full-Text
Keywords: HIV; AIDS; students; African Americans; HBCU; Mississippi HIV; AIDS; students; African Americans; HBCU; Mississippi
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Andrew, P.O.; Bhuiyan, A.; Mawson, A.; Buxbaum, S.G.; Sung, J.H.; Shahbazi, M. HIV/AIDS Knowledge of Undergraduate Students at a Historically Black College and University. Diseases 2018, 6, 98.

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