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Extension Personnel's Sexual Behaviour and Attitudes toward HIV/AIDS in South-Western Nigeria

Olugbenga Jelil Ladebo and Adewunmi George Tanimowo
African Journal of Reproductive Health / La Revue Africaine de la Santé Reproductive
Vol. 6, No. 2 (Aug., 2002), pp. 51-59
DOI: 10.2307/3583130
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3583130
Page Count: 9
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Extension Personnel's Sexual Behaviour and Attitudes toward HIV/AIDS in South-Western Nigeria
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Abstract

This study examined the sexual behavioural pattern, knowledge and attitudes to HIV/AIDS of 216 extension personnel in south-west Nigeria. Information was obtained using a combination of structured interview schedule and focus group discussions. Results show that the extension personnel were young men and women, married, mostly Christians and educated. All the women had premarital sex, compared with 98.3% of the men, more men (46.7%) engaged in extramarital sex than women (18.4%), and 81.2% of the men were using condoms regularly, compared to 57.5% women users. All the respondents were fully aware of HIV/AIDS, while 79.5% of men and 85.0% of women expressed negative attitudes to HIV/AIDS. This has serious implications for the delivery efforts of focal extension agencies. /// Cette étude a examiné la nature du comportement sexuel, la connaissance et les attitudes chez 216 membres du service d'extension médicale au sud-ouest du Nigéria, envers le VIH/SIDA. Nous nous sommes renseignés à l'aide d'une combinaison du programme de l'entretien structuré et les discussions en groupe cible. Les résultats ont montré que le personnel du service d'extension étaient des jeunes hommes et des jeunes femmes mariés et en majorité des chrétiens et des gens instruits. Toutes les femmes ont eu des rapports sexuels avant le mariage en comparaison avec 98,3% des hommes. Plus des hommes (46,7%) se lancent dans des affaires sexuelles en dehors du mariage que des f́emmes (18,4%); 81,2% des hommes utilisaient régulièrement des préservatifs en comparaison avec 57,5% des femmes qui l'utilisaient. Toutes les personnes interrogées étaient tout à fait conscientes du VIH/SIDA. Ceci a de graves implications pour les tentatives de la prestation de la part des agences d'extension focale.

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