Evaluation of beliefs and behaviors of girls (11-18 years) about HIV/AIDS in Orumia

Document Type : Research Paper



The number of people living with HIV continues to rise, despite the fact that effective prevention strategies exist. Information alone is not enoughto produce sustained behavior change. Our purpose was to investigate behavior among teenager girls to use them for next programs.
Methods and Materials: This is a kind of qualitative research, done on the basis of interviews of teenager girls in uromia. Interviews designed semi-organized to study complex aspects of interviewees' talks.
Results: Most of the interviewees have mentioned Television, Teachers and Mothers as their source of information. Less than 10% have mentioned sexual behaviors as the main reason for acquiring AIDS. Behavioral prevention has been mentioned as a prophylactic in less than 10% of the interviews. In some of the interviews, prevention by vaccination or definite treatment has been mentioned .Less than 50% have suggested free distribution of syringe. In none of the interviews question of their reaction in facing the AIDS persons are as follows: I escape, become shocked, and would be careful. Go away, don't talk, A kind of stress have been noticed in their faces in answering this question. All of them disagree with marrying the addicted person and they were more eager to have tests before marriage.
Discussion: Results were showed; beliefs and common behaviors among teenagers should be changed and for changing them, life-skilled-based education and programs should be used for teenagers to reduce the number of AIDS.