Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00002858
Title: Knowledge and awareness among undergraduate students on human immunodeficiency virus transmission
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Background: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) are a spectrum of conditions caused by infection with the HIV. As the disease progresses, it interferes with the immune system increasing the risk of common infections such as tuberculosis well as other opportunistic infections and tumors that rarely affect people who have working immune systems. Bloodborne transmission can be through needle sharing during intravenous drug use, needlestick injury in hospitals, transfusion of contaminated blood or blood product, or medical injections with unsterilized instruments. Aim: The aim of this study is to review the knowledge of dental undergraduate students on the transmission of HIV. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire containing 12 questions was prepared and distributed to 100 undergraduate students who consisted of final years and interns who belonged to the age group of 21–25 years. The data were collected and interpreted. Results: 72% of the students had a good basic knowledge on HIV transmission and 89% on clinical manifestations, 76% of the students wear protective gloves, masks, and eyewear, and 83% follow proper recapping of needle techniques and disposal of contaminated sharps after use. Conclusion: Most of the students had good knowledge about HIV/AIDS and the precautions to be taken. Overall, the students showed a positive attitude toward learning more about the universal precautions and oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS.

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    Sarah Abul Hasan, Dhanraj Ganapathy, Ashish R. Jain*

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    Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Ashish R. Jain, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha University, Poonamalle High Road, Chennai - 600 127, Tamil Nadu, India

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    Sarah Abul Hasan, Dhanraj Ganapathy, Ashish R. Jain*

    Title:Knowledge and awareness among undergraduate students on human immunodeficiency virus transmission
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (November [ Special Issue 3 ])
    Page No: (3285-3288)
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    Methodology: Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, Human immunodeficiency virus, Opportunistic infections, Universal precautions
    Research Materials:Undergraduate students


Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome Human immunodeficiency virus Opportunistic infections Universal precautions

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