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Title:The out-of-school youth and HIV/AIDS in rural Botswana
Authors:Moatlhaping, Segametsi O.ISNI
Osei-Hwedie, KwakuISNI
Periodical:Lesotho Social Sciences Review (ISSN 1028-0790)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
sex education
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
HIV infections
AIDS (Disease)
Out-of-school youth
health education
Kang (Botswana)
Abstract:This article is based on research undertaken to establish the extent of knowledge of out-of-school rural youths on HIV/AIDS, their attitudes towards HIV/AIDS and condom use. A total of 37 out-of-school youth, consisting of 22 males and 15 females, were surveyed in Kang village, Kgalagadi North, Botswana, between December 1998 and January 1999. The findings of this study fail to support the findings of similar studies which indicated that the youth did not have information and thus had inadequate knowledge on HIV/AIDS issues. On average, the respondents in the study were knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS issues, in particular those who attained junior and secondary education. In general, the youth had a positive attitude towards HIV/AIDS, people with HIV/AIDS and condom use. The radio was identified as the most effective, and the poster as the least effective measure for the dissemination of information on HIV/AIDS in rural areas. However, more HIV/AIDS education is needed at primary school level and noninformal institutions to bridge the gap in knowledge that exists between different educational levels. Bibliogr., sum.