Knowledge, attitudes, and perceived academic preparation related to HIV/AIDS among health science university students in North Texas

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8/30/2010

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Cherry, De Aundre'

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In 2008, approximately 33.5 million people lived with HIV globally. Healthcare practitioners must provide culturally competent services to those infected. Universities can prepare 21st century health science students to work in a world with HIV/AIDS. The purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and perceived academic preparation of health science students related to HIV/AIDS. The volunteer, purposeful sample comprised (n=179) health science students attending Texas Woman's University and University of North Texas. Participants were recruited by university and student list sere. Electronic versions of the AIDS Attitude Survey and HIV-Knowledge Questionnaire-18 were hosted on Pschydata.com. Results showed students had high knowledge scores, graduate students had higher empathy scores, and students believe that more HIV/AIDS education needs to be added to their curriculum. The results of this study underscore the need for university health science programs to prepare students to deliver competent, non-discriminatory services to PLWHA.

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Public health education, Health sciences, Public health, Health and environmental sciences

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