Missed opportunities in adopting HIV /AIDS preventive behaviors among taxi drivers and their assistants in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Yihunie Lakew

The objective of this study was to examine the determinants of missed opportunity to adopt HIV/AIDS preventive behaviors among male Taxi drivers and assistants (“Weyalas”) in Addis Ababa. The study was cross-sectional by design and conducted in 2006. A multistage cluster sampling procedure was applied to select individuals for interview. Both bivarite and multivariate statistical analyses were employed as deemed necessary. Overall, 76% and 69.6% of the respondents, respectively, reported that they already had sex at least once in their lifetime and in the year preceding the survey. Nearly 30.7% of the participants had reported casual sex in the last 12 months. About 13%, and 7% of the study population missed the opportunity to adopt faithfulness and condom use at last sex, respectively. Multivariate analyses found that age, living arrangement, income, type of work, work experiences, taxi working routs and taxi ownership status significantly shape the likelihood of adopting HIV/AIDS preventive behaviors (e.g. abstinence, being faithful) of the study population. Besides, HIV risk perception, attitude towards condom effectiveness, self-efficacy, VCT uptake and recreational behaviors such as khat-chewing habits appeared to also influence the adopting of preventive behaviors. This study confirmed that, taxi drivers and their assistants could be undoubtedly categorized at a higher HIV risk group. So this calls for a continuous and strong IEC/BCC intervention program

Corporate Author: Getnet Alemu and Edilegnaw Wale (Editor) & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Publisher: Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
ISBN/ISSN: 978-99944-54-06-8
Primary Descriptors: HIV /AIDS

Secondary Descriptor: taxi driver

Geographic Descriptors: Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
Cataloge Date: 02/27/2013
Broad Subject heading: Social Sector – health
Call Number: 330.963 PRO 2009
Serial Key Title: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
Publication catagory: International Conference
Content type: EEA Publication
Volume: II
Publication date: 2013-12-27 23:09:00
Forum or Discussion date: 2013-02-27 15:02:13
Place of publication: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material: Book
Current frequency: Annualy
Author: Yihunie Lakew