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Johns Hopkins University

Publication Date

Fall 12-3-2014

Program Name

Vietnam: Culture, Social Change, and Development

Abstract

Young migrant males in strenuous manual labor environments represent a high-­‐risk population for the transmission of HIV/AIDS. In Vietnam, gold miners are representative of this high-­‐risk population. Phước Sơn district, Quảng Nam province is home to much of Vietnam’s mining activity and has a comparatively high rate of HIV. Previous studies have been done on HIV/AIDS prevalence in Quảng Nam as well as related knowledge and practices. This analysis of a 2014 questionnaire examines the effects of varying information sources on HIV/AIDS knowledge. The sample of workers was mostly male and between 25 and 49 years old. Migrants made up half of the workers sampled. In total, the high-­‐risk population of young male migrant workers represented a little more than one-­‐third of miners polled. The proportion of workers with correct transmission knowledge was 36.38%, correct prevention knowledge was 24.38%, and correct general knowledge was 21.12%. General education, reading books, or consulting a healthcare professional as a source for HIV/AIDS information increased the chances of correct knowledge for otherwise similar individuals. Gold mine workers in Quảng Nam who use books or healthcare professionals as a source of information have significantly greater probability of having correct knowledge of HIV/AIDS. Increasing access to healthcare professionals and literature would be most effective towards improving knowledge.

Disciplines

Asian Studies | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Services Research | Immune System Diseases | Infectious Disease | Other Public Health | Virus Diseases

 

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