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Is there any relationship between knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention and transmission and safe sexual behaviour? The case of young people in Botswana

Gobopamang Letamo, University of Botswana

This article investigated the extent to which young people knew the facts about HIV/AIDS, its prevention, and transmission modes, sources of HIV/AIDS information, people with whom they discuss HIV/AIDS issues, and whether the acquired knowledge translated into positive sexual behaviours. This research used a nationally representative sample of the Botswana AIDS Impact Survey conducted in 2004. Both bivariate and logistic regression analyses were used to investigate the topic. The findings showed that HIV/AIDS knowledge levels were fairly high, though young people still harboured various misconceptions about HIV prevention and transmission. The study concludes that correct knowledge of HIV/AIDS does not necessarily translate into safe sex behaviour.

Presented in Poster Session 3