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Knowledge and attitudes of Senegalese sailors about HIV/AIDS

Adama Faye, Mame Diarra Faye, Mamadou Makhtar Leye, Ibraima Seck, Anta Tal-Dia
International Maritime Health 2013;64(3):148-153.

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Vol 64, No 3 (2013)
TROPICAL MEDICINE Original article
Published online: 2013-09-25
Submitted: 2013-09-25
Accepted: 2013-09-25

Abstract

Background: In West Africa there is little information on the behavior of sailors with respect to HIV/AIDS.

Aim: The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge and attitudes on HIV/AIDS and their risk factors.

Materials and methods: This was a cross-sectional study on a sample of 400 sailors. Information was collected on knowledge and attitudes. Multiple logistic regression was performed to analyse the factors related to knowledge and attitudes.

Results: The mean age was 38.1 ± 9.8 years. Among sailors, 7.5% knew the 3 main modes of HIV transmissionand 48.3% did not sail with a crew member infected with HIV. Knowledge was related to occupationalcategory (OR = 14.07 [5.40–36.65]). Stigmatisation was related to education (OR = 0.45 [0.27–0.74]) and fear (0.19 [0.09–0.41]).

Conclusions: Sailors have a low level of knowledge and negative attitudes towards people living with HIV. Intervention simplemented must take into account the low level of knowledge and the mobility of the target population.

Abstract

Background: In West Africa there is little information on the behavior of sailors with respect to HIV/AIDS.

Aim: The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge and attitudes on HIV/AIDS and their risk factors.

Materials and methods: This was a cross-sectional study on a sample of 400 sailors. Information was collected on knowledge and attitudes. Multiple logistic regression was performed to analyse the factors related to knowledge and attitudes.

Results: The mean age was 38.1 ± 9.8 years. Among sailors, 7.5% knew the 3 main modes of HIV transmissionand 48.3% did not sail with a crew member infected with HIV. Knowledge was related to occupationalcategory (OR = 14.07 [5.40–36.65]). Stigmatisation was related to education (OR = 0.45 [0.27–0.74]) and fear (0.19 [0.09–0.41]).

Conclusions: Sailors have a low level of knowledge and negative attitudes towards people living with HIV. Intervention simplemented must take into account the low level of knowledge and the mobility of the target population.

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Keywords

knowledge, attitude, HIV/AIDS, sailor, Senegal

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Title

Knowledge and attitudes of Senegalese sailors about HIV/AIDS

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 64, No 3 (2013)

Article type

Original article

Pages

148-153

Published online

2013-09-25

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2013;64(3):148-153.

Keywords

knowledge
attitude
HIV/AIDS
sailor
Senegal

Authors

Adama Faye
Mame Diarra Faye
Mamadou Makhtar Leye
Ibraima Seck
Anta Tal-Dia

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