Background: Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome impact assessment is used for the way to mobilize responses to HIV/ AIDS in the education sector and to refine planning in responses to HIV/ AIDS. But the impact of HIV/AIDS intervention is not well known in Debre Markos university community and similar setting of the country.
Objective: To assess the level of impact of HIV/AIDS intervention practices and associated factors among Debre Markos University community.
Methods: Institution based cross-sectional survey was conducted on 739 study participants selected using multistage sampling techniques from students, academic staffs, and administrative staffs. Data were collected using structured self-administered questionnaire. The collected data were entered into EPI data and exported to SPSS 20 version for analysis. Logistic regression model was used to fit data in order to identify factors associated with the impact of HIV/AIDS intervention.
Results: Majority, 535 (78.9%) of respondents were a 20-24 year with a mean age of 22.62 (± 3.58 SD) years. In this study 245 (36.1%) of participants had average and above score of impact information. Age of respondents found to have statistically significant association with the impact of HIV/AIDS intervention practice. The impact of HIV/AIDS intervention practice was 4.32 times more likely high among those respondents belongs to age group 15-19 years as compared to those belongs to age group 20-24 years [AOR=4.32; 95% CI (1.73, 10.77)].
Conclusion: The impact of HIV/AIDS intervention practices was low. Age group 15-19 years of respondents found to have a positive significant effect on the impact of HIV/AIDS intervention practice. HIV/AIDS intervention practices employing effective behavior change communication strategies are mandatory to bring further impact due intervention.
Dube Jara, Zewdu Dagnew and Kassahun Ketema
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