THE University of the West Indies (UWI) Press has just approved for publication a book manuscript on HIV/AIDS knowledge and stigma-related attitudes among high school students in Guyana, penned by Pro-Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Dr. Prem Misir. UWI Press General Manager, Ms. Linda Speth, in a note to Dr. Misir, said: “The work has been peer reviewed and revised according to our guidelines and suggestions, and we are delighted to be adding such an important book to our publishing programme.”
This study assessed HIV/AIDS knowledge and stigma-related attitudes toward HIV/AIDS among high school students, and determined any relationship between the demographic variables of gender, age, religion, and race/ethnicity and HIV/AIDS knowledge, and stigma-related attitudes toward HIV/AIDS.
Its conclusion showed fissures in HIV/AIDS knowledge, and substantial stigma-related attitudes. Undoubtedly, limited understanding of the myths and misconceptions of HIV/AIDS indicated that prevention education and awareness policy must focus more than ever on how HIV is not transmitted.
The implication that knowledge did not seem to impact attitude and behaviour change, given the moderate HIV/AIDS knowledge and a high prevalence of stigma-related attitudes, would suggest that these HIV/AIDS apprehensions and negative attitudes may have links with sexual and other prejudices.
The HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and reproductive health policies are rarely actively impacting the attitudes of adolescents. It is possible that the time has come to move beyond conventional strategies and methods of programme implementation, evaluation, and control towards a social constructivist approach to address HIV preventive intervention.
In addition, the editor of the bi-monthly peer-reviewed Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (JIAPAC), Dr. Jose M. Zuniga has accepted Dr. Misir’s revised manuscript, “Structuration Theory: A Conceptual Framework for HIV/AIDS Stigma”. JIAPAC is a SAGE Journal.