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Title:
Awareness and Attitudes toward Voluntary Counseling and Testing for HIV/AIDS Among Law Undergraduates in Tertiary Institutions in Southeast Nigeria
Authors:  Sunday Uche Mbamara, M.B.B.S., FMCOG, FWACS, and Nworah J. Obiechina, M.B.B.S., FWACS
  OBJECTIVE: To determine the knowledge of and attitudes toward voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) for human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) among undergraduates of a law faculty in tertiary institutions in Anambra State in southeast Nigeria.

STUDY DESIGN: This was a cross-sectional, questionnaire-based survey conducted among law undergraduates in Anambra State using a multistage, random sampling method. The respondents were all full-time law students and were aged from 1542 years with a mean of 21.063.0 years and a modal age of 2024 years. In all, 210 (71.4%) of the students were aware of VCT for HIV/AIDS, while 84 (28.6%) of the respondents had no knowledge of it. The most common sources of information about VCT for HIV/AIDS were electronic media (114 [38.8%]) followed by churches (67 [22.8%]) and print media (44 [15.0%]). Although a majority of respondents had a positive attitude toward VCT for HIV/AIDS, 20% of them disapproved of VCT, and this is quite high considering their educational status.

CONCLUSION: Public health education, awareness programs and VCT centers dedicated to young people should be established.
Keywords:  acquired immune deficiency syndrome, AIDS, community health education, HIV, human immunodeficiency virus, Nigeria
   
   
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