The rate of awareness among the females on HIV/AIDS has increased by 100 per cent in the last four years in Bangladesh, reports BSS.
According to a recent survey of National Institute of Population Research and Training(NIPORT)on HIV/AIDS nearly 60 per cent of the participants of the survey proved to be well aware of healthcare factors about HIV/AIDS in 2004 which was only 31 per cent in 2000.
In the case of male, the awareness level doubled in eight years with 34 per cent in 1996 and 78 per cent in 2004.
Nearly 37 per cent of married women, 45 per cent of married men and 57 per cent of unmarried men know that use of condom is a way to avoid contracting HIV/AIDS, the survey disclosed.
The recent survey shows a clear improvement over the results of the 1999-2000 the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) where only 16 per cent of married women and 18 per cent of married men cited condom use as a way to avoid human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Among all male and female respondents, it is encouraging that 30 per cent of women and 50 per cent of men correctly know two or more ways of avoiding HIV, the survey said.
Education is positively associated with knowledge about HIV/AIDS, the survey observed.
It ranges from 71 per cent among those who have completed primary school while 98 per cent of women who have completed secondary education.
As part of the acquired immune deficiency (AIDS) awareness programme, television is the most important source of information about HIV/AIDS, 45 per cent of women and 68 per cent of men are of the opinion that television is a major source of their information about HIV/AIDS.
About 47 per cent of the women respondents and 54 per cent of male respondents have never discussed HIV/AIDS prevention methods with their spouses, the survey revealed.