An investigation of initiation ceremony teachings and attitudes of women towards them that may contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS
Kalunde, Wendy Kabwe.
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The research looks at the teachings given in initiation ceremonies and attitudes of women towards them that may contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS.A sample of 50 resident under-graduate University of Zambia students were picked for this study using systematic random sampling. The sample comprised female students only from all years of study, their mean age was 22 years. Of these, 68% said they had knowledge about the teachings given in initiation ceremonies.The study reveals that there are a lot of teachings concerning sex practice and behaviour given to novices in these ceremonies. It was found that half of the respondents were neither for or against these teachings. Some of the teachings were seen as channels through which attitudes influencing risk behaviour A born could enhance the spread of HIV/AIDS. The conclusion therefore was that some teachings given on sex which may result in regrettable consequences should be revised.