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Natl J Community Med. 2019; 10(4): 238-243

Exploring Knowledge of Caregivers of HIV Infected Children : A Cross-Sectional Study at A Tertiary Health Centre, Kolkata

Sukesh Das, Manisha Das, Aparajita Dasgupta.

Introduction: HIV/AIDS is a major global threat today with huge number of HIV infected children. Caregivers of these children have a vital role to play, to meet their distinct care, support and treatment needs. They should have adequate knowledge regarding this lethal disease to successfully play their roles. This study was attempted to assess the knowledge of the caregivers of HIV infected children regarding the disease and factors associated with the above. Methodology: This cross-sectional study was conducted at a Tertiary Health Centre, Kolkata among caregivers of HIV positive children. Relevant information was collected by interview method and from treatment cards. Results: Majority of the caregivers were mothers (64.6%). Only 5.9% & 4% caregivers knew all the correct modes of transmission and common manifestations of the disease respectively. Overall 56.2% caregivers had poor knowledge (i.e.

Key words: Caregivers, Children, HIV/AIDS, Knowledge

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