Effect of Health Promotion Media on HIV/AIDS Control and Prevention Behavior among Church Youth in Timor Tengah Utara, East Nusa Tenggara

Handrianus Akoit1), Intje Picauly2)


1)Health Vocational high school, Kefamenanu District, North-East Timor

2)Masters Program in Public Health, Nusa Cendana University, Kupang



Bacground: Worldwide there were approximately 36.7 million people living with HIV/AIDS by the end of 2016. Of these, 2.1 million were adolescents. An estimated 1.8 mil­lion individuals world­wide became newly infected with HIV in 2016, or equivalently about 5,000 new infections per day. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of pro­motion media on HIV/AIDS control and prevention behavior among church youth in Timor Tengah Utara, East Nusa Tenggara.

Subjects and Method: This was a quasi-experiment before and after study with no control group design. The study was conducted at Kefamenanu, Timor Tengah Utara, East Nu­sa Teng­gara, on June to July 2018. A total sample of 250 church youth was selected for this stu­dy by total sampling. The independent variable was promo­tio­nal media on HIV/AIDS in­clu­ding video and poster. The dependent variable was pre­­ven­tive behavior. The data were collected by ques­tion­naire. Mean different effect of pro­motional media including film and poster was tes­ted by t-test.

Results: Mean score of preventive behavior after information by video (97.71 points) was high­er than before (90.20 points) and it was statistically significant (p<0.001). Mean score of pre­ven­tive behavior after information by poster (94.85 points) was higher than before (91.64 points), and it was statistically significant (p<0.001).

Conclusion: Promotional media by video and poster is effective to improve HIV/AIDS pre­ven­tive behavior among church youth.

Keywords:  promotional media, HIV/AIDS, prevention behavior, church youth.

Correspondence: Handrianus Akoit. Health vocational high School, Kefamenanu District, North-East Timor. Email: picaulyince@yahoo.co.id. Mobile: 082237145517.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2019.02.23

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