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Correlates of correct HIV knowledge and myth rejection in South Africa: the 2012 National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behavior Survey

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dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-26 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T12:33:49Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T12:33:49Z
dc.date.issued 2018-03-26 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11863
dc.description.abstract Correct knowledge of HIV transmission and prevention and myth rejection is a prerequisite to practicing safer behavior and important for reducing the risk of new infections. This study investigates the association between correct knowledge of HIV transmission, prevention and myth rejection with socio-demographic factors and HIV-related behavioral risk practices in South Africa. The study used the 2012 South African national HIV prevalence, incidence and behavior survey data based on a multistage cross-sectional design. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression models were used to examine correlates of correct HIV knowledge and myth rejection. Of 26,544 sub-sample of youth and adults data (15 years and older) who responded to the HIV knowledge question, only 26.8% reported correct knowing of HIV transmission, prevention and rejection of all myths about HIV. In the final model significant negative predictors of correct HIV knowledge, prevention and myth rejection included residing in rural informal areas (OR=0.68 (95% CI: 0.48- 0.95), p=0.027), and being a harmful alcohol drinker (OR=0.18 (95% CI: 0.06- 1.29), p=0.001) while sexual debut at 15 years and older (OR=1.8 (95 CI: 1.12- 2.91), p= 0.015) was a significant positive predictor of correct HIV knowledge and myth rejection. The findings confirms that levels of HIV knowledge can either prevent individuals from making informed choices and take appropriate actions aimed at preventing the infection or make people to take precautions to protect themselves. Efforts to promote HIV knowledge, prevention and myth rejection in the general population should be strengthened given the declining HIV knowledge levels in the country. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject KNOWLEDGE LEVEL en
dc.subject RISK BEHAVIOUR en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.title Correlates of correct HIV knowledge and myth rejection in South Africa: the 2012 National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behavior Survey en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 9(3) en
dc.BudgetYear 2017/18 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.ResearchGroup Deputy CEO: Research en
dc.SourceTitle Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10278 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 9238 en
dc.bibliographictitle Mabaso, M., Jooste, S., Sigida, S., Silimfe, Z., North, A. & Simbayi, L.C. (2018) Correlates of correct HIV knowledge and myth rejection in South Africa: the 2012 National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behavior Survey. <i>Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research</i>. 9(3):Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2018 en
dc.contributor.author1 Mabaso, M. en
dc.contributor.author2 Jooste, S. en
dc.contributor.author3 Sigida, S. en
dc.contributor.author4 Silimfe, Z. en
dc.contributor.author5 North, A. en
dc.contributor.author6 Simbayi, L.C. en


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