Knowledge of Iranian nurses about HIV/AIDS: A cross sectional study from Bandar Abbas


Laleh Hasani 1 , Teamur Aghamolaei 1 , Sedigheh Sadat Tavafian 2 , * , Abdolnabi Sabili 1

1 Department of Public Health, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, IR Iran

2 Department of Health Education, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modaress University, Tehran, IR Iran

How to Cite: Hasani L, Aghamolaei T, Sadat Tavafian S, Sabili A. Knowledge of Iranian nurses about HIV/AIDS: A cross sectional study from Bandar Abbas, Arch Clin Infect Dis. Online ahead of Print ; 5(3):161-5.


Archives of Clinical Infectious Diseases: 5 (3); 161-5
Article Type: Brief Report


Background: Surveying knowledge of nurses about HIV/AIDS can provide an evidence for designing appropriate educational program. This study aimed to investigate the knowledge of a sample of Iranian nurses about patients living with HIV/AIDS in Bandar Abbas, Iran.

Materials and Methods: In this cross sectional study, 150 nurses completed two questionnaires, one dealing with demographic data and the other inquiring knowledge of nurses about HIV/AIDS based on existing instruments developed by Eckstein in 1987.

Results: The mean age of studied sample was 31.98.2 years. At the time of the study, 63.3% of the respondents had previously cared HIV-infected subjects. Most of the participants (99.3%) knew that drug abusers were at higher risk for HIV acquisition. Most of the participants (97.3%) also answered correctly that person with HIV could be asymptomatic but still infected. Finally, 29.3% thought that recapping used needles is a good way to prevent HIV infection. Those who had participated in educational program had higher overall scores of knowledge than non-participants (10.092.18 vs. 9.662.32, p=0.002).

Conclusion: Results revealed that those previously taken part in educational programs had good knowledge about HIV/AIDS.

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