Influence of religious practice on the prevention of HIV infection in university students

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Meriño Morales M, Vallejos Medina C, Orellana Riveros L, Morales Ojeda I. Influencia de la práctica religiosa en la prevención del contagio de VIH en estudiantes universitarios. RIdEC 2020; 13(1):64-70.


1,2,b Miguel Meriño Morales, 2,a Cecilia Vallejos Medina, 2,a Luis Orellana Riveros, 1,c Ismael Morales Ojeda


1 Universidad Adventista de Chile. Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud. Chillán, Chile.2 Escuela de Enfermería. Universidad la Republica. Chillán, Chile.a Licenciado en Enfermería. Universidad la Republica. Chillán, Chile.b Magister Ciencias Biomédicas. Universidad del BioBio.c Phd Ciencias Biomedicas, Instituto Italiano de Rosario.

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Purpose: acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is an infectious disease affecting the immune system; its main form of transmission is associated with sexual contact. Studies have shown prevention of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to require behavioral, biomedical, and structural intervention strategies. The present study aimed at describing the socio-cultural characteristics of university students in the city of Chillán, Chile, with special emphasis on their religiousness, and at relating such characteristics to their attitude towards HIV/AIDS and the prevention of its transmission.
Methods: a descriptive study was carried out using data obtained by means of an instrument constructed by the researchers; data were later contrasted. A sample of 103 students from universities in the city of Chillán was selected.
Results: most participants, no mater what religious practice they adhered to, showed a "very favorable" or "favorable" attitude towards HIV/AIDS. This is related to a high level of individual responsibility and commitment to self-care by taking preventive measures to avoid transmission.
Conclusion: our sample shows a high religious practice. Practicing some kind of religion has no negative influence on the attitude towards the disease; and could have a positive influence when this is associated to single-partner relationship and a prevention mechanism.


religion; HIV infection/AIDS; attitude; preventive measures; risk behaviorcommunity nursing

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