Title

Educational intervention among barbers to improve their knowledge regarding HIV/AIDS: a pilot study from a South Asian country

Document Type

Article

Department

Family Medicine; Community Health Sciences

Abstract

One of the Millennium Development Goals is to combat HIV, the burden of which continues to increase in developing countries, like Pakistan. The prevalence is high among the high-risk population, and the use of unsterilized surgical instruments, traditional straight razors, and blades adds to the spread of this disease. This study assesses the effect of an educational intervention on the knowledge of 70 barbers practising in a suburban community in Pakistan regarding HIV and its symptoms and transmission. At baseline, only 10% of the barbers reported that they had ever heard about HIV compared to 49% after the intervention. Similarly, 4% and 6% of them had good knowledge at baseline about symptoms and transmission of the disease, increasing to 39% and 43% respectively, after the intervention (p<0.001). The results of this educational intervention warrant consideration of activation of mass campaigns to increase public awareness about blood borne diseases and to educate personnel who might harm the persons in their communities by unsafe practices.

Publication

Journal of Health Population and Nutrition