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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 635-641

Awareness of HIV/AIDS among the patients visiting a tertiary care multispecialty hospital in Chennai


1 Reader, Dept. of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, S.R.M. Dental College and Hospital, Ramapuram, Chennai, India
2 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India

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A V Rajesh Ebenezar
Reader, Dept. of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, S.R.M. Dental College and Hospital, Ramapuram, Chennai
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Background: Acquired Immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) has been the most dramatic disease event of the second half of the twentieth century. The majority of those infected have been in the most productive years of their life, causing a secondary economic impact beyond the cost of caring for them and creating a new cohort of orphans. Aim: To assess to awareness of HIV-AIDS among the patients of a multispecialty hospital in Chennai city. Materials and methods: A questionnaire survey was conducted among the patients visiting the hospital. Results: The results of the study showed that 100% of the subjects were aware of HIV/AIDS. For most of them the major source of information about HIV/AIDS was television. Females had significantly higher knowledge than males (p = 0.0001). Conclusion: Though the entire study population was aware of HIV-AIDS, there was a lacuna in the mode of transmission of the disease.


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