General questions The questionnaires were answered by a total of 260 students, 122 students in the village and 138 in the city. The students in the village were between 15 and 19 years old with a mean age of 17. In the city the ages ranged from 16 to 19 years and the mean age was 17.2 years. Of the students in the village 77% were male, in the city the corresponding percentage was 39. 7% of the students in the village were married compared to 0.7% in the city. The main religion among the students in both the village and the city was Hinduism (94% and 79% respectively). The distribution of the other religions as well as the economical situation among the students can be viewed in table 1.
Questions about HIV/AIDS All of the students had heard about HIV/AIDS, except for one student in the village and one in the city. However, these students seemed to have knowledge about the disease since they could answer the further questions about HIV.
The students in the city were between 5 and 17 years old (mean 13.1 years) when they first heard about HIV. The students in the village were between 7 and 16 years old (mean 13.4 years). The majority in both the village and the city were in the age of 12-15 years when they first heard about the disease.
On the question “How did you first hear about HIV/AIDS?” most of the students claimed that they heard of HIV from media (about 60% in both the village and city). About 20% of the students in both the village and the city answered “school”. In the village 14% of the students answered that they first heard about HIV from friends. The corresponding number in the city was only 1% (Fig. 1).