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Knowledge, attitude and practice of HIV / AIDS among persons with disabilities in havasa City, southern Ethiopia

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Abstract: People with backgrounds are vulnerable groups vulnerable to HIV AIDS and face challenges in the use of HIV AIDS services. Therefore, the study assessed the knowledge, attitude and practice of HIV AIDS among the disabled in havasa city. method. A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted among 250 persons with disabilities. All persons with disabilities living in hawasa city during the study period were included. Data were collected by pre-test and structured questionnaire. Logistic regression analysis was used to determine related factors. A high percentage of the 197 (79.8 ) disabled persons were aware of HIV AIDS. Similarly, 190 respondents (76 ) had a positive attitude towards HIV AIDS. In addition, they were married (AOR=2.20; 95 confidence interval: 1.14).4.27) and being employed (AOR = 2.85; 95 CI: 1.19, 6.81) were positively associated with knowledge about HIV AIDS. Moreover, being a male (AOR = 2.83; 95 CI: 1.61, 2.90) and being married (AOR = 2.13; 95 CI: 2.25, 3.26) were also positively associated with having a favorable attitude towards HIV AIDS. Conclusions. Significant numbers of disabled people were knowledgeable and had a favorable attitude towards HIV AIDS.

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