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Assessment of nutritional status, knowledge and attitude about HIV/AIDS among selected female college students of Dhaka

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Afsana Afroz Tama, Sumaiya Mamun, Jasmin Ara Farhana, Mohammad Abduz Zaher, A.K. Obidul Huq

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Int. J. Biosci.16( 3), 282-288, March 2020

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/16.3.282-288


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A significant study is important for spreading awareness about the disease with the availability of right information. A descriptive cross sectional study was carried out among the 200 female college students in Dhaka city in Bangladesh in order to assess the nutritional status, knowledge and attitude about HIV/AIDS which in turns assist government efforts to control the spread of HIV and AIDS. A structured questionnaire was used to collect sociodemographic variables, knowledge and attitude of students and the prevalence of malnutrition among the respondents were determined according to body mass index (BMI). In this study about 16% respondents acquire knowledge regarding HIV/AIDS from TV/Radio/Newspaper etc. whereas 4% heard from NGOs and it is estimated that 60% respondents heard from more than one sources. Study revealed that 11% had no idea on symptoms of AIDS and 89% of the respondents had knowledge on different symptoms of AIDS. Majority of the respondents had knowledge to prevent HIV/AIDS by using condoms and avoid reused needles and syringes. The mean body weight and height of them were 58.25 (±4.62) kg and 164.82 (± 6.56) cm respectively. Moreover, It was assessed 51% (n = 200) of the female college students were suffering from varying degrees of Chronic Energy Deficiency (CED), of which 7%, 18% and 26% were in CED3, CED2 and CED1 respectively. Only 9% of them were normal. This study has attempted to address the socio-demography, nutritional status and HIV/AIDS awareness among the Bangladeshi people.


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