Comparison of knowledge, attitude and concern about HIV/AIDS patients among dental students: A cross sectional survey

Madhuniranjanswamy Mahalakshmamma Shivan, Sachin Naik, Sanjeev B Khanagar, Darshan Devang Divakar, Imran Iqbal Patel, Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Kheraif


HIV/AIDS has taken a pandemic form affecting 40 million people around the world. The present study aimed to determine the knowledge, attitude, and concerns of dental students towards HIV/AIDS infected individuals. A cross sectional study was conducted among 224 subjects, among them 112 final year (FY) students and 112 interns. Subjects were selected from 10 dental colleges in Bangalore city, India. Data was collected through a self-administered questionnaire. The mean knowledge score of FY students and interns was 73.66+5.9 and 80.4+7.2 respectively; the mean attitude score was 71.25+1.707 and 87.75+1.8 and the mean concern score was 92+2.645 and 97.75+3.171 respectively. Differences in the mean score were significant. Dental interns had slightly higher knowledge, attitude, and concern than the FY students. There is a need to add HIV/AIDS patient’s infection control measures in the dental curriculum. (Afr J Reprod Health 2021; 25[3]: 113-120).

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