Title: HIV/AIDS behavioural challenges in Lagos state schools: an empirical study

Authors: Waliu Apena; Rajeev K. Bali; Jackie Binnersley; Raouf N.G. Naguib; Michael O. Odetayo; Vikraman Baskaran

Addresses: Biomedical Computing and Engineering Technologies Applied Research Group (BIOCORE), Coventry University, Coventry, UK ' Biomedical Computing and Engineering Technologies Applied Research Group (BIOCORE), Coventry University, Coventry, UK ' Biomedical Computing and Engineering Technologies Applied Research Group (BIOCORE), Coventry University, Coventry, UK ' Biomedical Computing and Engineering Technologies Applied Research Group (BIOCORE), Coventry University, Coventry, UK ' Biomedical Computing and Engineering Technologies Applied Research Group (BIOCORE), Coventry University, Coventry, UK ' College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Mercer University, Atlanta GA, USA

Abstract: This paper evaluates the extent of the behavioural challenges concerning HIV/AIDS among senior secondary school and tertiary institution students in Lagos, Nigeria. The study was carried out in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Education. Questionnaires (n = 958 copies) were administered to selected senior secondary schools in the Lagos State administrative divisions (urban and rural) and the Lagos State University (LASU). The study aimed to record information about students' behaviour related to HIV/AIDS as this would provide information relating to the factors responsible for its transmission. The results show that the behaviour of the respondents with regard to HIV/AIDS puts them at risk of contracting the virus. We conclude by suggesting the use of Knowledge Management (KM) techniques as an appropriate modern approach to tackling the problem and the availability of Behavioural Change Communication (BCC) materials in all Lagos State schools should be increased.

Keywords: HIV transmission; AIDS; knowledge management; behavioural change; stigmatisation; Nigeria; Lagos; secondary schools; state education; higher education; student behaviour.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPM.2014.058727

International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 2014 Vol.14 No.1, pp.99 - 109

Received: 28 Nov 2012
Accepted: 18 Apr 2013

Published online: 17 Jan 2014 *

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