Knowledge and attitudes of young people in Guyana to HIV/AIDS

Int J STD AIDS. 2007 Mar;18(3):193-7. doi: 10.1258/095646207780132398.


HIV prevalence in Guyana is the third highest in the Caribbean which, in turn, is the second-most-affected region in the world. Over 2000 young people aged 12-20 years completed self-report questionnaires that examined their knowledge of HIV/AIDS, their attitudes to sexual behaviours and their intentions with regard to virginity and use of condoms. Nearly one-quarter of young people aged 12-14 were sexually active and this rose to over one-third for youths aged 15 years and over, but condoms were only used consistently by two in five of these persons. Attitudes and intentions towards sexual behaviour were significantly influenced by religious teaching as well as by gender and age. Hence, prevention strategies for the spread of HIV/AIDS should harness religious belief and practice, especially in societies such as Guyana where religious affiliation remains strong.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / ethnology
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Attitude to Health
  • Child
  • Female
  • Guyana / epidemiology
  • HIV*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Surveys and Questionnaires