Tuesday, November 25, 2008

HIV/AIDS Awareness Of Auto Rickshaw Drivers In Ludhiana

I recently came across this interesting journal article discussing what the level of HIV/AIDS knowledge is among rickshaw drivers in Ludhiana.
The study was conducted on auto rickshaw drivers who were currently driving the vehicle. Seven main points of Ludhiana city were identified. Out of 1050 auto rickshaw drivers contacted, 600 agreed to participate. The knowledge about HIV/AIDS was assessed by using structured interview schedule. The interview schedule mainly focused on studying the awareness about modes of transmission, source of information, curability of disease and blood testing. [link]
The results suggest that although some knowledge does indeed exist, it is low and there is a need for further intervention for this risk group. As with other studies, knowledge increases with education.
Out of total 600 Auto rickshaw drivers, 384 (64.0%) had heard about HIV/AIDS. Awareness level increased with increase in educational status. Out of 384, 74.2% drivers knew that unprotected sex is the main mode of transmission. TV (63.0%) was the common media as source of information. Only 36.2% knew that the disease is not curable.

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