Knowledge about HIV/AIDS and attitudes toward people living with HIV/AIDS among students at a Jordanian medical school

Jameel Hijazeen, Munir Abu Helalah Prof., Ehab Zayadeen, Ali Al-Far, Moamar Al-Jefout, Fadi Al Nimri

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Jordan has a low prevalence of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/ Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). However, HIV/AIDS is an important global public health issue and medical students in Jordan need to be well-informed about it. To assess Mutah Medical School students’ knowledge about HIV/AIDS and to explore their attitudes toward people living with HIV (PLWH). A cross-sectional study conducted in 2013 among clinical years students using a self-administered questionnaire. A total of 209 students filled the questionnaire. Slightly more than half of the students reported having received adequate or more than adequate teaching on sterilization procedures (53%) and barriers (55%), while only 43% reported similar teaching received of cross-infection precautions. The students showed a good overall knowledge about HIV/AIDS and the transmission routes of HIV. However, some misconceptions existed such as thinking that HIV could be transmitted by mosquitos (30%) and flies (10%). Negative attitudes were displayed toward patients with HIV/AIDS with 89% agreeing that AIDS makes their job a high-risk occupation and 60% agreeing that given a choice, they would prefer not to work with AIDS patients. Although there was a good overall knowledge of the students about HIV/AIDS, negative attitudes were prevalent towards PLWH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-598
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Pure and Applied Microbiology
Issue numberSpecial Edition 1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitudes
  • Jordan
  • Medical students
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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