FACTORS INFLUENCING MANAGEMENT OF HIV/AIDS IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS, IN SIAKAGO DIVISION, MBEERE NORTH DISTRICT, EMBU COUNTY, KENYA.
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The researcher carried out a study on the factors influencing management of
HIV/AIDS in public secondary schools in Siakago Division, Mbeere North District.
The objectives of the study were; To investigate the social factors influencing
HIV/AIDS status in public secondary schools in Siakago Division in Mbeere North
District, to examine the economic factors influencing HIV/AIDS in secondary schools
in Siakago Division, Mbeere North District, To assess HIV/AIDS education
awareness and its effects on management in Secondary schools in Siakago Division,
Mbeere North District and to find out the control practices in management of
HIV/AIDS in secondary schools in Siakago Division in Mbeere North District. The
study adopted the descriptive research design where the target population was 2616
and the sample size of 190 students. The study used both stratified random sampling
and simple random sampling techniques. Data was collected using questionnaires.
Descriptive statistics was used to analyze the data. It was found from the study that
alcohol and drugs were a major contributor to the spread of HIV/AIDS. The findings
indicate that the students who came from families whose parents were employed or in
business were economically empowered and that 84% had both parents, 14% were
from single parents and 2% were orphans. Awareness on how the virus spreads
created by the stakeholders was a major contributor on its effect on HIV/AIDS
management. The control practices in management of HIV/AIDS in public secondary
schools in the area were majorly abstinence. According to the findings that were
generated in the study at Siakago division, the researcher concluded this based on
adequate conclusive evidence depicted from the summary of the major findings. The
recommendations went to the Kenyan Government, the school management and
medical practitioners and researchers. The management of HIV/AIDS in Mbeere
North District was influenced greatly by the factors that were discussed in the study.
The research findings will be of significance to the future research bodies as it will
add to the existing body of knowledge on the management of HIV/AIDS in Kenya.
The researchers will use the report as a reference point for future research. The policy
makers in the health sector may also benefit as they will initiate or come up with
policy that addresses the various factors. Lastly, the Government and NGOs will
benefit as they will understand the management of HIV/AIDS in Siakago Division.