A STUDY OF COMPARISON ON KNOWLEDGE AND MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HIV/AIDS AMONG STUDENTS IN A PRIVATE UNIVERSITY IN MALAYSIA

  • Mohammad Nazmul Hasan Maziz Centre of Research excellence, Graduate School of Medicine, Perdana University, Jalan MAEPS Perdana, Serdang 43400, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Fazlul MKK Faculty of Industrial Sciences and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Gambang, 26300 Pahang, Malaysia
  • Deepthi S Centre of Research excellence, Graduate School of Medicine, Perdana University, Jalan MAEPS Perdana, Serdang 43400, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Munirah B Faculty of Medicine, SEGi University, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, 47810 Selangor, Malaysia
  • Farzana Y Faculty of Science, Lincoln University, 12-18, Jalan SS6/12, Off Jalan Perbandaran, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Malaysia
  • Najnin A Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University, No.8, Jalan Masjid Abu Bakar, 80100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • Srikumar C Centre of Research excellence, Graduate School of Medicine, Perdana University, Jalan MAEPS Perdana, Serdang 43400, Selangor, Malaysia
Keywords: Misconception, HIV/AIDS, private university, Malaysia

Abstract

This descriptive cross-sectional study is aimed at studying the comparison on knowledge and misconceptions about HIV/AIDS among the Malaysian undergraduate students at SEGi University, Kota Damansara, Malaysia. Data was collected from a stratified random sample of 180 students using a validated questionnaire survey which included a socio-demographics section and four sub-sections of 36 questions which assessed the general knowledge, general public perceptions, the respondent’s views on the measures to prevent the disease and misconceptions related to the disease. The data were analysed by using the SPSS software, and Chi-square test was used to find the p-value for each of the questions. The average mean score assessing the knowledge of the Malaysian students in SEGi was 81.48%, where the Health Science students scored 44.31% with a standard deviation of 0.015 and the Non-Health Science students scored 37.17% with a standard deviation of 0.036. When comparing each question using the Chi-square test, most of the answers of the Health Science students and Non-Health Science students showed a significant difference where the p-value was <0.05. From the results of this study it is clear that the Health Science students had better knowledge and fewer misconceptions about HIV/AIDS than the Non-Health Science students. Thus, more emphasis should be directed toward raising awareness and eliminating misconceptions among the Non-Health Science students.

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Published
2019-01-01
How to Cite
Mohammad Nazmul Hasan Maziz, Fazlul MKK, Deepthi S, Munirah B, Farzana Y, Najnin A, & Srikumar C. (2019). A STUDY OF COMPARISON ON KNOWLEDGE AND MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HIV/AIDS AMONG STUDENTS IN A PRIVATE UNIVERSITY IN MALAYSIA. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 19(1), 134-142. https://doi.org/10.37268/mjphm/vol.19/no.1/art.45