2016, VOL. 2 ISSUE 3, PART B
Knowledge among youth specially girls before they become sexually active can lay the foundation for a responsible lifestyle, including healthy relationships and safe sex habits.
Objective: To know the awareness of HIV/AIDS among college going girls residing in rural area of Varanasi district.
Material and Methods: Present study is a cross- sectional study. Data collection was done from the period August 2013- February 2015.
Respondents: 360 college going girls residing in rural area, from two randomly selected colleges of Varanasi district.
rnResults: In the present study mostly girls (61.7%) belonged to age group of 19 years and above. 73.3% reported that they had no knowledge about Reproductive Tract Infections but 97.5% had heard of HIV/AIDS. Majority 73.6% named all four modes of transmission of HIV/AIDS i.e. through unprotected sex, transfusion of infected blood, from infected mother to her child and by sharing of syringe.
Recommendation: HIV/AIDS messages should be available to all, especially to youth who are more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.