Aids Patient Care STDS. 1998 Jan;12(1):51-60. Unique Identifier :
The purpose of this study was to compare AIDS knowledge and attitudes of
baccalaureate nursing students living in a state with a high prevalence
of AIDS and those who resided in a state with a low prevalence of AIDS.
Students from the high-prevalence state had significantly higher AIDS
knowledge scores than did students from the low-prevalence state.
However, overall, respondents from the low-prevalence state viewed the
person living with AIDS with more accepting attitudes than did the
respondents from the high-prevalence state. Students in the
high-prevalence state interacted with persons living with AIDS PLWA)
primarily through professional contact. In contrast, students in the
low-prevalence state identified both personal and professional contact
with PLWA as their most significant interactions. Personal experience of
nursing students appears to be a key to decreasing stigmatization of
*Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/EPIDEMIOLOGY *Knowledge, Attitudes,
Practice *Students, Nursing/PSYCHOLOGY