Conference Proceeding

Awareness of HIV/AIDS among Female Students Attending College of Applied Medical Sciences at Taif University

Dr. Rana Zaini ,
Taif University, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Rana Ziani is a specialist of Cell Biology & Cancer Research. She has received her PhD degree in Hematology in 2013 and MSc in Pathological Sciences in 2008 from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She has served as an Assistant Professor in Ministry of health, Saudi Arabia. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in College of Applied Medical Sciences at Taif University, Saudi Arabia. She has received "The Saudi Culture Bureau awards" and A prize for the highest achieving Saudi PhD student in 2013.

Background: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the causative agent of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) that has no cure at present. Recently, medical education is the best tool to prevent the infection. The level of knowledge about HIV/AIDS and the attitudes toward patients are crucial factors in eradicating the disease.
Methods: A cross-sectional study has been conducted for a period of two months and 128 undergraduate female students from the laboratory science, physical therapy, radiology and general nursing department in the College of Applied Medical Sciences at Taif University participated in the study. The questionnaire that entitles ‘HIV/AIDS Campus Survey’consisted of three parts aimed to assess student’s scientific knowledge, transmission awareness and attitude with 29 different statements.
Results: the survey results showed that more than half of the participants did not know the relation between AIDS and HIV and low awareness level toward the modes of HIV transmission was observed. Negative attitude towards HIV/AIDS persons was seen in the majority of participants.
Conclusion: this study is the first of its kind to be conducted at Taif University, and brought into limelight some important issues in relation to AIDS. Study concluded that these students need to be more aware about HIV transmission modes and protection methods, which can be achieved by enhancing their knowledge about HIV.

Published: 05 May 2017