VC calls staff, students to participate in HIV/AIDS surveys

19 February 2009 | Story by Newsroom

Aids survey

Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price has called for staff and students to participate in two upcoming HIV/AIDS surveys.

The first survey is part of the Higher Education HIV/AIDS (HEAIDS) Programme. It will be conducted at the end of February to measure prevalence among staff and students.

It includes a knowledge, attitude and behaviour questionnaire and blood spot test. It will not require names or other identifying information, thus assuring confidentiality.

Participation will benefit students and staff at higher education institutions in South Africa and will advance knowledge in the area.

Participants will receive a small token of appreciation. Survey results will be published in the media and through the HEAIDS programme this year.

The second HEAIDS survey will be conducted in March. It will target students in UCT residences and will evaluate HIV/AIDS interventions, as well as obtain important data for future interventions.

The results of this research will improve communication and awareness-raising strategies.

Participants will be selected randomly. The information will be confidential as names will not be required.

The questionnaire will require 45 minutes to complete. Participants will receive a small gift for their time.

For more information please call 021 650 1006.

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