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Table 2 Awareness of the respondents regarding HIV/AIDS (N = 303)

From: Influence of socio-demographic factors on awareness of HIV/AIDS among Bangladeshi garment workers

Parameter n %
The Term HIV   
Heard about it 298 98
Didn’t hear about it 5 2
Disease Transmission (n = 298)
Transmissible 270 90.6
Route *-   
Through sexual intercourse 213 78.9
Through blood transfusion 104 38.5
In intravenous drug abuser 35 13
Through equipment & needles 108 40
Mother to child transmission 54 20
Homosexuality 13 4.8
Multiple sex partners 101 37.4
Don’t know 12 4.4
Others 10 3.7
Not Transmissible 12 4
Don’t know about it 16 5.4
Knowledge about symptoms   
Have some idea 84 28
Symptoms *-   
Chronic diarrhea 9 10.7
Malaise 19 22.6
Fever 54 64.3
Rash 16 19
Sore throat 10 11.9
Fatigue 38 45.2
Severe weight loss 25 29.8
Night sweating 7 8.3
Others 19 22.6
Don’t know about it 214 72
Knowledge about risk group   
Persons having multiple sex partners 119 39.9
Homosexual & bisexual person 21 7
Heterosexual partners (including prostitutes) 192 64.4
Intravenous drug abusers 55 18.5
Transfusion recipients of blood & blood products 65 21.8
Long route bus & truck drivers and rickshaw pullers 34 11.4
Don’t know 63 19.5
Others 12 4
Knowledge on protection   
Know about protection* 221 74.2
Using condom 96 43.4
Avoiding multiple sex 104 47.1
Avoiding homosexuality and bisexuality 13 5.9
Avoiding heterosexuality 159 71.9
Avoiding sharing of needle and syringe 84 38
Screening of donated blood 45 20.4
By preventing transmission (mother to child) 15 6.8
Discouraging sharing of tooth brushes and razors 8 3.6
Others 18 8.1
Not preventable 27 9.1
Don’t know about it 50 16.1
Fate of HIV/AIDS infection*   
Curable 134 45
Death 210 70.5
Don’t know 53 17.8
Others 35 11.7
Source of Information*   
Radio/TV 246 82.6
Newspaper 24 8.1
Books 14 4.7
Friends 35 11.7
Health worker 19 6.4
Organized AIDS education program 11 3.7
Can’t remember 15 5
Others 13 4.4
Level of awareness   
Poor 233 76.9
Average 32 12.5
Good 38 10.6
  1. *Multiple responses.