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HIV/AIDS prevention practices among military personnel in Northwest Ethiopia

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Kebede, G and Kumsa, A and Tafese, A and Abdissa, S and Sharma, HR and Arora, A, HIV/AIDS prevention practices among military personnel in Northwest Ethiopia, AIDS Care pp. 1-5. ISSN 0954-0121 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09540121.2019.1587362

Abstract

The spread of HIV/AIDS is a major public health problem in military personnel in Africa. However, the epidemiological evidence regarding HIV/AIDS prevention practices among military personnel in Ethiopia remains unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate HIV/AIDS prevention practices among military personnel in Northwest Ethiopia. A cross-sectional study among military personnel (n = 410) was conducted in Northwest Ethiopia in 2015. Data were collected using a pre-tested questionnaire. Multivariable logistic regression model was fitted to ascertain factors influencing participation in HIV/AIDS prevention programs. About one-fourth (24.6%) of the military personnel had multiple sexual partners, of whom 24.7% failed to use condoms regularly when having sex with non-regular sexual partners. Majority of the sample (n = 355, 86.6%) participated in HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Military personnel who had multiple sexual partners were 6.3 times more likely to report history of non-participation in HIV/AIDS prevention programs (AOR = 6.3, CI95 = 3.511.54). A considerable proportion of military personnel had multiple sexual partners with lower levels of condom utilization with non-regular sexual partners. The study further demonstrated misconceptions about HIV/AIDS in Ethiopian military personnel, which reduce their likelihood of participation in HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Health authorities need to strengthen and accelerate HIV/AIDS prevention programs focusing towards military personnel.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:HIV/AIDS prevention, military personnel, condom utilization, VCT services, Ethiopia
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health Promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Infectious Diseases
UTAS Author:Kebede, G (Mr Getahun Beyera)
ID Code:134339
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Health Sciences
Deposited On:2019-08-07
Last Modified:2019-09-10
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