Hiv/Aids Summary of Research Study Essay example

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Introduction Infection with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) results in destruction of the body’s host defenses and immune system leading to the condition called Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). HIV-AIDS is one of the world’s greatest public health crises. For many years, because of lack of understanding and effective treatment, it is now considered a rapidly progressing fatal disease. HIV infection in humans is considered pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2003) reported that there are more than 20 million died from HIV-AIDS globally. The DOH National Epidemiology Center (2011) reported that from 1984 to 2011, there were
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Moreover, 28 per cent said that AIDS is curable. Seventy three per cent believed that only those with multiple sex partners are at risk of infection. Comparing the results from the 1994 YAFS survey, no substantial change in level of awareness of STD/HIV/AIDS was observed. However, the percentage of young adults who think that AIDS is curable more than doubled. In 1994, only 12.5 per cent thought there is cure to AIDS. This study shows that there is a moderate level of knowledge on HIV/AIDS among Filipino youth. Across background characteristics, levels of awareness and knowledge show considerable variations in terms of age, gender, educational attainment and religion.

As the age increases, the level of awareness also increases. Older respondents are more knowledgeable about AIDS as shown by higher percentage among them who agreed that AIDS infection is possible even with a single sexual encounter and from a person who looks healthy. Young adults exhibit more risky sexual behaviors and has the greater number of HIV-AIDS cases than the adolescents. According to Department of Health – National Epidemiology Center (2011), young males are prone to engaging in health risk behavior and more young females are also doing the same without protection and are prone to aggressive or coercive behaviors of others in the community such that it often results to significant number of unwanted pregnancies, septic abortion and poor

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