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HIV/AIDS prevention practices among military personnel in Northwest Ethiopia

Kebede, G, Kumsa, A, Tafese, A, Abdissa, S, Sharma, HR and Arora, A 2019 , 'HIV/AIDS prevention practices among military personnel in Northwest Ethiopia' , AIDS Care , pp. 1-5 , doi: 10.1080/09540121.2019.1587362.

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The spread of HIV/AIDS is a major public health problem in military personnel in Africa. However,the epidemiological evidence regarding HIV/AIDS prevention practices among military personnelin Ethiopia remains unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate HIV/AIDS preventionpractices among military personnel in Northwest Ethiopia. A cross-sectional study among militarypersonnel (n = 410) was conducted in Northwest Ethiopia in 2015. Data were collected using apre-tested questionnaire. Multivariable logistic regression model was fitted to ascertain factorsinfluencing participation in HIV/AIDS prevention programs. About one-fourth (24.6%) of themilitary personnel had multiple sexual partners, of whom 24.7% failed to use condoms regularlywhen having sex with non-regular sexual partners. Majority of the sample (n = 355, 86.6%)participated in HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Military personnel who had multiple sexualpartners were 6.3 times more likely to report history of non-participation in HIV/AIDS preventionprograms (AOR = 6.3, CI95 = 3.5–11.54). A considerable proportion of military personnel hadmultiple sexual partners with lower levels of condom utilization with non-regular sexual partners.The study further demonstrated misconceptions about HIV/AIDS in Ethiopian military personnel,which reduce their likelihood of participation in HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Healthauthorities need to strengthen and accelerate HIV/AIDS prevention programs focusing towardsmilitary personnel.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kebede, G and Kumsa, A and Tafese, A and Abdissa, S and Sharma, HR and Arora, A
Keywords: HIV/AIDS prevention, military personnel, condom utilization, VCT services, Ethiopia
Journal or Publication Title: AIDS Care
Publisher: Carfax Publishing
ISSN: 0954-0121
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/09540121.2019.1587362
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