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Title: HIV/AIDS-related knowledge and attitudes: A comparison of older persons and young adults in Thailand
Authors: Wassana Im-em
Mark Vanlandingham
John Knodel
Chanpen Saengtienchai
Mahidol University
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tulane University
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Keywords: Medicine;Social Sciences
Issue Date: 4-Jul-2002
Citation: AIDS Education and Prevention. Vol.14, No.3 (2002), 246-262
Abstract: Levels of AIDS related knowledge are widely assumed to be high in Thailand, a country with probably the most effective response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic to date in the developing world. But efforts to verify these levels are sparse in recent years, and very little attention has ever been paid to AIDS knowledge and attitudes within the Thai older population. Because many Thai older persons (aged 50 and over) remain sexually active late in life, and because many more will be involved in interactions with and care taking of young adult persons suffering from AIDS, we explore AIDS knowledge and attitudinal data we collected during 1999 from a sample of 773 older Thais from four provinces and Bangkok. The sample provinces were chosen to include a wide range of prevalence levels and social contexts regarding the epidemic. We compare the results with data from a sample of 398 young adults using the same questionnaire, collected at the same sites, at the same time (total N = 1,171). We find an overall high level of awareness about AIDS across our age groups of interest, but also identify important deficiencies among the young adults and especially among the older Thais. Implications of the findings are discussed.
ISSN: 08999546
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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