Published: 2019-06-28

A cross sectional study regarding awareness of HIV/AIDS and practices of condoms among slum dwellers of Ajmer, Rajasthan, India

Bharat Meharda, Sanjeev Kumar Sharma, Mahesh Keswani, Rakesh Kumar Sharma


Background: People living in slums are often deprived of health-care facilities and it make them vulnerable to infection like HIV/AIDS. Health education and behavioural changes is pivotal for prevention of  HIV and HIV-related stigma.  

Methods: It was community based cross sectional study carried among 288 slum dwellers of Ajmer, Rajasthan, India.

Results: Out of 288 study subjects (male and females in the group of 15-54 years) 144 (50%) males and 144 (50%) females. Out of 288 study subjects 278 (96.53%) were heard about HIV/AIDS. Out of 249 study subject who were aware about condom, 107 (42.97%) study subjects [74 (56.06%) male and 33 (28.21%) female] were presently using of condom. out of 278 study subject who had ever heard about HIV/AIDS majority 215 (77.34%) subjects got the information regarding HIV/AIDS through TV/cinema

Conclusions: Present study shows that the study subjects of slums at Ajmer has inadequate awareness regarding the HIV/AIDS and poor practice of condoms.


AIDS, Condom, HIV, Knowledge, Prevention

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