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The risk of HIV/AIDS among the poor families in rural communities in South Western Nigeria

Luqman Bisiriyu, Obafemi Awolowo University
Alfred Adewuyi, Obafemi Awolowo University

In Nigeria, studies have confirmed high prevalence rates of the HIV/AIDs pandemic among the poor. There is no published empirical explanation to provide insight into what exposes them to high risk of HIV. This current paper explores the research gap. Data for the study was collected from a survey of six hundred households in rural local government areas in South-western Nigeria. We conducted 16 focus group discussions. Preliminary findings showed that 80 percent had heard messages on HIV/AIDs on the radio while 29 percent had watched programs on HIV/AIDs on the television. About 20 percent reported that their spouse had other sexual partners. Only about 11 percent used condom during first sex and about 18 percent reported condom use during the last sex. About 30 percent reported multiple sexual partners during the last 12 months. Among these groups, more than 81 percent did not use condom.

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Presented in Poster Session 3