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Abstract

This study was conducted to examine women and the HIV/AIDS epidemic: the issue of school age girls’ awareness in Nigeria information was elicited from 1,222 randomly selected regular under-graduate female students from the 11 faculties of the University of Lagos, Nigeria, with the use of a standardized structured questionnaire. Results of the major objective of the study, that is the level of HIV/AIDS awareness among female undergraduate students, showed a moderate level of awareness, including other specific objectives of age, level of study and marital status. In contrast, at the graduate level—the 600 level of study—medical students showed a high degree of awareness, and it was only divorce as a sub-variable of marital status that showed a low level of awareness. The paper then made some recommendations, that what is needed in Nigeria is to address the cultural, biological and socio-economic conditions contributing to women greater vulnerability to HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Note on the Author

Solomon O. Momoh, Ag. Director, Institute of Education, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria

Ailemen I. Moses, Dept. of Economics, Faculty of Social Science, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria

Maria M. Ugiomoh, Dept. of Educational Foundation, Faculty of Education, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria

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