Knowledge and attitude among students towards HIV/AIDS patients at a dental college, Suraram, India


  • Vibha Rani Department of Pharmacology, Malla Reddy Medical College for Women, Suraram, Telangana, India
  • Suguna Dumpala Department of Community Medicine, Malla Reddy Medical College for Women, Suraram, Telangana, India
  • R. Shyamala Department of Microbiology, Malla Reddy Medical College for Women, Suraram, Telangana, India



Attitude, Dental students, HIV/AIDS, Knowledge


Background: Clinical training is a part of curriculum for the dental students. They are trained in dental procedures, where there is a chance of exposure to HIV infection. Hence this study was conducted with an objective to assess their knowledge, attitude to treat these patients.

Methods: An institutional based study was carried out among 145 dental students at Malla Reddy Dental College for Women. A questionnaire with 29 questions on knowledge, attitude and willing to treat the HIV/AIDS patients which was already used in other study was adapted. Primary outcome- knowledge and attitude was measured in percentages, proportions using SPSS version 20 and Chi-square.

Results: Total subjects who had good knowledge were 71 (48.9%) and 137(94.5%) viewed needle stick injury can transmit HIV virus. 138 (98.1%) agreed that it is their moral responsibility to treat HIV/AIDS patients and risk of HIV transmission is high, hence special precautions have to be followed to treat them. Positive attitude towards HIV/AIDS patients was reported among 129(89%) of students. Chi square test showed an association between knowledge and attitude among study subjects which was statistically significant at p <0.05 level.

Conclusions: Active student’s collaboration for treatment compliance of HIV/AIDS patients should be directed towards comprehensive training in the dental colleges which forms a basis for provision of appropriate, optimal dental care improving oral health related quality of life in people living with HIV.

Author Biography

Vibha Rani, Department of Pharmacology, Malla Reddy Medical College for Women, Suraram, Telangana, India

Associate Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine


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How to Cite

Rani, V., Dumpala, S., & Shyamala, R. (2017). Knowledge and attitude among students towards HIV/AIDS patients at a dental college, Suraram, India. International Journal of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology, 6(11), 2646–2650.



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