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نویسندگان [English]چکیده [English]
Introduction: Because of the special working conditions, healthcare workers are the most at-risk groups for HIV/AIDS. The aim of this study was to determine the knowledge, attitude and practice of health/medical workers about HIV/AIDS.
Methods & materials: We conducted a descriptive–analytical study of 235 samples (144 men, 91 women) of healthcare personnels in Khaf city. The sample was selected by multi-stage cluster sampling method. Data collected anonymously through a questionnaire consisting of four sections, including ; demographic information and questions about knowledge, attitudes and individual performance. The reliability was assessed by Cronbach's alpha (α =0.87). Data analyzed by SPSS 18 software using descriptive, analytical and t-test, χ2 and regression methods.
Results: Most of the study participants were male (61.27%). The average age of participants was 35.6±5.6. Most of the study participants were workers of health houses (17.9%). Knowledge, attitude and practice were different about HIV/AIDS depending on job nature. From the study population, 47.5% had good knowledge, 37.1% had moderate and the other had poor knowledge. Knowledge, attitudes and behavior in lower-level positions in the health care system, which are also potentially at risk, are significantly lower (p˂0.005). Knowledge and practice was better among female than male staff.
Conclusion: In general, Knowledge, attitude and practice level of health personnel was fairly good. A combination of training methods to improve knowledge, attitudes and preventive behaviors is needed in low-level jobs which do not have a college education.