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Perceptions and outlook towards HIV/AIDS among reproductive age group of urban slum population

Shivani Manjrekar, Mayur Sherkhane, Jaiprakash Chowti.

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Background: Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease Syndrome (AIDS) has evolved into a pandemic affecting millions of people worldwide. The global HIV/AIDS epidemic has had a major detrimental impact on high risk group and general population leading to morbidity and mortality.

Aims & Objective: To assess the perceptions and attitude among reproductive age group of urban slum population towards HIV/AIDS.

Materials and Methods: This was a Community Based Cross Sectional Study carried out in the urban slums, field practice area of Community Medicine attached to a tertiary care hospital. The study was conducted by interviewing general population in the reproductive age group for four months in the urban slums using pre-designed and pre-tested proforma.

Results: A total of 188 were interviewed. Out of which 48.94% were more than 35 years of age. 51.59% were housewives and belonged to middle class families. 80.85% were aware about sexual transmission and 67.18% opined that it can be prevented by using condoms. Literates were more aware about HIV/AIDS, when compared to illiterates, which was statistically significant (p

Key words: Shivani Manjrekar, Mayur Sherkhane, Jaiprakash Chowti

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