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Type Journal Article - International journal of STD & AIDS
Title Factors that can influence feelings towards and interactions with people living with HIV/AIDS in rural Central Kenya
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0956462416680764
In Kenya, HIV incidence and prevalence have declined. HIV rates are lower in rural areas than in urban areas. However, HIV infection is reported higher in men in rural areas (4.5%) compared to those in urban areas (3.7%).

This study examined HIV knowledge, feelings, and interactions towards HIV-infected from 302 participants in rural Central Kenya.

Chi square tests and multivariable logistic regression analyzed variables of interest.

Most participants exhibited positive feelings in their interaction with people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA). Association between HIV knowledge and socio-demographic characteristics revealed that the proportion of participants with a correct response differed by gender, age, level of education, and marital status (p < 0.05). Compared to those with inadequate knowledge of HIV/AIDS, participants with adequate HIV/AIDS knowledge were nearly three times as likely to disagree that PLWHA should be legally separated from others to protect public health (adjusted odds ratio: aOR (95% CI) (2.76 (1.12, 6.80).

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