Employees' knowledge and attitudes regarding Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS): A comparative study




Glance, Joan Kathleen

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The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of worksite HIV/AIDS training on the attitudes and knowledge of two groups of union and management employees in the finance organization of the Burlington Northern Railroad. Of the 92 subjects, 54 comprised the control group and 38 made up the experimental group. The control group completed the Confidential AIDS Education Survey without benefit of a worksite HIV/AIDS education program. The experimental group completed the survey after receiving worksite education by the American Red Cross about HIV/AIDS. The knowledge and attitude scores were analyzed and compared. The study was also conducted to determine if there was a relationship between gender, age, education and marital status and knowledge and attitudes about HIV/AIDS. The analysis of data obtained from the 92 subjects in the experimental group and the control group indicated that employees who received worksite education about HIV/AIDS had more knowledge about HIV/AIDS and its transmission than those who did not. There was no difference in attitudes, however, as a result of the education offered at the worksite. In addition, there was no correlation between attitudes and gender, age, education and marital status. There was no correlation between knowledge and gender, age, education and marital status.



Health, Environmental sciences, Education, Employee attitudes, Immune deficiency