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Table 1 Descriptive statistics of HIV/AIDS knowledge among women 15-49 years in Nigeria using the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys 2007, 2011, and 2016–2017

From: Trends of HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitudes among Nigerian women between 2007 and 2017 using Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey data

Knowledge questions – ‘Yes’ (%)a 2007 (n = 17,733) 2011 (n = 26,532) 2017 (n = 23,530)
Can avoid AIDS by having one uninfected partner 81.7 80.5 84.5
Can get AIDS through supernatural means 64.2 68.2 73.1
Can avoid AIDS by using a condom correctly every time 56.8 60.8 71.1
Can get AIDS from mosquito bites 64.9 66.6 72.4
Can get AIDS by sharing food with person with AIDS virus 59.7 75.0 73.2
Healthy-looking person to have AIDS 75.7 68.7 82.2
AIDS from mother to child during pregnancy 92.5 66.9 83.0
AIDS from mother to child at delivery 72.1 68.0 83.6
AIDS from mother to child through breastmilk 78.0 78.7 93.1
AIDS virus prevented from unborn child 57.7 76.5
Can avoid AIDS by not having sex at all 71.9
Can get AIDS by injection with needle already used by someone 80.1
  1. Abbreviations: HIV human immunodeficiency virus, AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
  2. aResponses to knowledge questions were dichotomous (“Yes” or “No”)