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Comparative Reports
Publication Topic(s)
Education, HIV/AIDS, Wealth/Socioeconomics
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Mishra, Vinod, Praween Agrawal, Soumya Alva, Yuan Gu, and Shanxiao Wang. 2009. Changes in HIV-related Knowledge and Behaviors in Sub-Saharan Africa. DHS Comparative Reports No. 24. Calverton, Maryland, USA: ICF Macro.
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Publication Date
September 2009
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The report summarizes levels and recent changes in 69 indicators of HIV-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of women and men age 15–49 in 23 countries in sub- Saharan Africa. Data come from the two most recent rounds of population-based, nationally representative Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) conducted between 1992 and 2006. The study provides a comprehensive look at the levels and direction of many important HIV/AIDS-related indicators in sub-Saharan countries. Notably, the study finds evidence of improvements in HIV/AIDS-related knowledge and attitudes but also highlights persistent high levels of sexual risk-taking and very low levels of voluntary counseling and testing coverage and condom use. These findings make a case for strengthening prevention programs in sub-Saharan Africa with a range of efforts to promote safer sexual behavior. The study also highlights large differentials between women and men in a number of HIV- related indicators, and wide variations among the 23 countries studied in the levels of and recent changes in HIV-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. These differences suggest the need for HIV prevention, treatment, and care policies and programs to be gender and context specific.


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