2002. 73 p.
Sierra-Leone. Central Statistics Office
The key objective of the survey was to ascertain adolescents HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitude and practice, determine their access to the media in so far as getting vital information on HIV/AIDS, and ascertain their acceptance and credibility of the information they receive. The responses were to be analyzed by differentials of age, sex and spatial variations. The summary result shows that in general, the floating population are more vulnerable with higher rates of having had sex (80%); higher prevalence of STIs (three times more that the urban adolescents); 35.6% use drugs or consume alcohol every day. The adolescents in IDP populations display a similar pattern to that of their rural counterparts for the majority of indicators. The survey results shows that the HIV/AIDS is not considered a real risk and thus there is unwillingness to change behaviour and a high level of stigmatism and discrimination towards people living with HIV.AIDS. Overall knowledge and understanding of HIV, AIDS and related issues is very low throughout the country, with significant differences between urban and rural areas, but no substantial differences between the sexes. Although 72.3% of the adolescents had heard of the term HIV or AIDS, only 7.7% could show that they had an adequate understanding. There are similar low levels of knowledge concerning other STIs.
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