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Knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices related to HIV/AIDS among employees in the legal services industry in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-19 en
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-25T12:15:26Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-25T12:15:26Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/9282
dc.description Paper presented at the 2008 AIDS Conference, Mexico City, 3-8 August en
dc.description.abstract Background: The main aim of the present study was to describe the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices related to HIV/AIDS among employees in the legal services industry in three provinces in South Africa. Methods: A second-generation surveillance approach was used. Fieldworkers approached participants at selected companies and asked them permission to complete a questionnaire and to provide a dry blood spots (DBS) specimen for HIV testing. A total of 421 participants (lawyers, legal secretaries, and clerks) agreed to be interviewed in the survey. Results: The levels of knowledge and attitudes held by the participants were very high. Over a tenth of the participants (13.2%) had two or more sexual partners (18.3% for males and 3.9% for females), and the large majority (86.2%) had only one regular sexual partner each. More male participants (7.8%) as compared to females (0.8%) indicated that they had sex with people who were 10 years younger than themselves. Condom use was more consistent in non-regular relationships as compared to regular relationships. The majority of respondents (88.6%) reported consistent (every time) condom use with non-regular partners and over half (52%) reported consistent condom use with a regular partner. Only a third (37.5%) of respondents who had one sexual partner used a condom at last sex, as compared to over two-thirds (67.9%) having two sexual partners, while 61.1% of those having three or more sexual partners reported condom use at last sex. The majority of the participants also exhibited positive attitudes towards people living with HIV/AIDS. While the level of awareness of VCT services was also found to be high (84.5%), the large majority of the participants (71.1%) reported that they had been tested for HIV in the past. Conclusions: There is a need to promote safer sex practices especially reducing the number of sexual partners among males in the sector. en
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dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject KNOWLEDGE LEVEL en
dc.subject LEGAL MANAGEMENT en
dc.title Knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices related to HIV/AIDS among employees in the legal services industry in South Africa en
dc.type Conference or seminar papers en
dc.ProjectNumber PEZJAA en
dc.BudgetYear 2008/09 en
dc.ResearchGroup Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health en
dc.ArchiveNumber 5456 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=1153 en
dc.outputnumber 4000 en
dc.bibliographictitle Jooste, S., Simbayi, L., Zuma, K. & Mbelle, N. (2008) Knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices related to HIV/AIDS among employees in the legal services industry in South Africa. (Paper presented at the 2008 AIDS Conference, Mexico City, 3-8 August). http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/9282 en
dc.publicationyear 2008 en
dc.contributor.author1 Jooste, S. en
dc.contributor.author2 Simbayi, L. en
dc.contributor.author3 Zuma, K. en
dc.contributor.author4 Mbelle, N. en


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