Journal of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria

ISSN: 1597-0396
DOI: 10.5987/UJ-JSMS


DOI: 10.5987/UJ-JSMS.17.060.1   |   Article Number: 5C12909B7   |   Vol.12 (1) - April 2017

Author:  SAJINI Iwejingi Faith

Keywords: Nigeria, Gender, Awareness HIV/AIDS

In Nigeria to which Delta State is a part, lack of awareness of HIV/AIDS has been projected as a major factor influencing the spread and pattern of HIV/AIDS prevalence. This research examined the gender and awareness pattern of HIV/AIDS in Delta State from a geographical perspective. The specific objectives are to; identify the level of awareness of HIV/AIDS by gender in Delta State, generate spatial map of the gender and awareness pattern of HIV/AIDS using GIS tool in the form of Arc view 9 and make recommendations. Data were sourced from both primary and secondary sources. Stratified sampling method was used to stratify Delta State into three senatorial zones following the existing strata i.e Delta North, Delta South and Delta Central senatorial districts. Within each Stratum, simple random sampling was employed to select the local government areas from where data were obtained. A total of nine (9) local government areas were selected from the three senatorial districts. 2350 copies of questionnaire were administered and 2169 copies were successfully retrieved. An independent sample ttest statistical technique was used to test the hypothesis of the study. The findings are; that awareness of HIV/AIDS is high in Delta state and that gender is not a factor of awareness variation in Delta state. By these findings, the research has contributed to existing knowledge by proving that ignorance is no longer a factor of HIV/AIDS spread, therefore, researches will now be redirected to other factors perpetuating the spread of HIV/AIDS in Delta state other than ignorance. Behavioural change campaign is recommended in Delta state in addition to the ongoing awareness campaign.

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