HIV/AIDS awareness and sociocultural beliefs on risky sexual behavior among married couples in Bundibugyo District

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and social sciences.
The U.S Centre for Disease Control and UNAIDS 2010 reported an increasing infection among married couples in Uganda in recent years, Yet Government of Uganda and Non-Government actors had been involved in HIV/AIDS public awareness campaigns. The study sought to assess the contribution of current HIV/AIDS information, education and communication and socio-cultural beliefs on risky sexual behavior of married copies in Bundibugyo district. The objectives were to assess the contribution of current HIV/AJDS awareness (LE.C.) campaigns on risky sexual behavior of married couples, identify some social and cultural norms, values, beliefs and attitudes that may hinder HIV/AIDS prevention efforts and investigate the extent to which social and cultural norms, values beliefs and attitudes about relationships influence sexual behavior of married couples in Bundibugyo. A descriptive research design was adopted that employed qualitative and quantitative approaches. Data were collected by questionnaires, interviews, observation, Face Group Discussions (FGDs) supplemented by documentary review. A sample of 322 married couple’s male and females aged 18-58 and older from rural and urban areas of Bwamba and Bughendera counties in the district took part in the study, the results show that HIV/AIDS information, education and communication are low for rural areas. Also, that beliefs, norms, values continue to influence marital sexual relationships. Gender role expectation, and the belief that women are powerless in marital relationships with men influence sexual behavior as they have no power to negotiate or insist on or caution their husbands on their sexual behavior. The study concluded that rural and urban areas have differential access to HIV/AJDS information, education and communication, the campaigns are not sufficiently targeting married couples,
A thesis presented to the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
HIV/AIDS Awareness, Socio cultural Beliefs, Risky Sexual Behavior, Married Couples, Bundibugyo District