Background Expanding of AIDS is such an important issue that one of the main goal of WHO is increasing of knowledge about HIV in general population. Thus in forth developing programme of IRAN, prevention programmes for HIV has been mentioned. Education is necessary for changing of high risk behaviours.
Methods This descriptive study was conducted in 1390. The samples were 9207 married women between 10–49 years old who were coming to health centres and selected by systematic method and 2465 health providers were working in these centres.
Results Most of them were housewife (93.4%) 55.5% of women had trained about HIV/AIDS but 86.6% of women don’t have complete awareness about HIV/AIDS and just 13.4% of them have complete awareness. The first source for getting information was TV and then health care providers.there was a significant relation between the score of knowledge and their age, educational level and career (p < 0.001). the least knowledge was about transmitted and nontransmitted ways. Post counselling was given to 22.4% tested women. The mean score for attitude was 84.3 ± 11.2 and was observed statistical significant between the score of attitude and their age, educational level, addressing, HIV testing and career (p < 0.001).for health care provider there wasn’t a significant relation between the score of knowledge and their age and career. The mean score for attitude was 91.1 ± 7.5 and there was observed statistical significant between the score of attitude and their educational level and career (p < 0.001).
Conclution Findings showed limited knowledge about HIV so we need to improve methods of training and use variety in our awareness programme such as peer groups. It is necessary to train health providers about VCT. In addition we must try for decreasing stigma, keeping the rights of patients and increasing social marketing for VCT, care and treatment of people live with HIV/AIDS