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Table 2 HIV/AIDS Knowledge among adolescents and young people in Bandjoun (Cameroon)

From: Fostering accurate HIV/AIDS knowledge among unmarried youths in Cameroon: Do family environment and peers matter?

Variables Range Number of items Cronbach's alpha Correct answer Frequency of correct (or incorrect) answers %
A. Knowledge of HIV transmission routes 0-6 6 .74    
A.1 Accurate knowledge of HIV transmission routes 0-4 4     
   Unprotected sexual intercourse     Yes 1 791 88.3
   Sharing needles/unclean medical equipment     Yes 1 403 69.2
   Blood transfusions     Yes 1 503 74.1
   Mother-to-child transmission     Yes 1 107 54.6
% Accurate knowledge of HIV transmission routes       41.6
A.2 Inaccurate knowledge of HIV transmission routes 0-2 2     
   Mosquito or other insect bites     No 296 14.6
   Casual contact with infected person     No 201 9.9
% Inaccurate knowledge of HIV transmission routes       21.1
B. Knowledge of HIV prevention strategies 0-8 8 .81    
   Sexual abstinence/chastity     Yes 1 543 76.1
   Stay faithful to partner     Yes 1 186 58.5
   Encourage partner to stay faithful     Yes 898 44.3
   Avoid contaminated blood transfusions     Yes 984 48.5
   Use condoms correctly at every sexual intercourse     Yes 1 245 61.4
   Avoid not sharing needles     Yes 1 006 49.6
   Avoid commercial sex workers     Yes 748 36.9
   Avoid casual partners     Yes 320 15.8
% Accurate knowledge of HIV prevention strategies       9.0
  1. Source: CFHS (2002)