Vol. 2, Issue 7 (2016)
Assessment of nutritional knowledge, attitude and practice among HIV infected women with art treatment in India
Author(s): Devika I, Dr. Thahira Banu A
Abstract: The present study was carried to assess the nutrition related knowledge, attitude and practice of women living with HIV (18-40 years) visiting the ART centre, Government Hospital, Dindigul District, Tamilnadu, India. A total of 50 HIV infected women subjects were selected by purposive sampling method. The data was collected by personal interview with the help of pretested questionnaire. The result of the study indicated that nutrition knowledge was poor as 52 percent of the subject had poor score and 44 and two percent had an average and good score respectively. Poor knowledge was also reflected with low scores for nutritional attitude and practices and the result revealed that 54 percent of subject had poor attitude and 44percent had an average attitude towards the importance of nutrition. Seventy two and 28 percent was found to have a poor and average good nutritional practice respectively. Nutrition and HIV are interrelated and nutrition plays a major role in disease progression and improves the quality of life in people living with HIV. According to this study nutrition related practices was fairly good among selected HIV infected women subjects. Thus from the study it is understood that long term nutrition education can be a best mode to improve nutritional knowledge, attitude and practice of People living with HIV (PLHIV).
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