Background: Information seeking behavior is the purposive seeking for information as a consequence of a need to satisfy some goals. Information is crucial for preventing the spread of the virus as there is no cure or vaccination for HIV/AIDS. The aim of this study is to assess information seeking behavior and associated factors among construction workers towards HIV/AIDS in Debre Berhan town, Northwest Ethiopia.
Methods: Institution based cross-sectional study was conducted. A total of 705 construction workers were included in the study. Multistage sampling technique was used to select the study participants. A structured pretested interview questionnaire was used for data collection. The data were entered and cleaned in EPI info and exported in to SPSS version 16 statistical package for analysis. Binary logistic regression was used to identify associated factors. A p-value of 0.05 was taken as a cut off value for statistical significant association.
Results: Out of 705 workers, 200(28.4%) were categorized as having inappropriate information seeking behavior towards HIV/AIDS. Comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS [AOR=2.26, 95% CI: 1.47-3.50], workers who received HIV information from work place [AOR=1.52, 95% CI:1.00-2.29] and tested for HIV [AOR=1.81, 95% CI:1.19-2.73] were more likely to have appropriate information seeking behavior towards HIV/AIDS whereas female construction workers [AOR=0.39, 95% CI: 0.27-0.56] were less likely to have appropriate information seeking behavior towards HIV/AIDS.
Conclusion: Appropriate information seeking behavior towards HIV/AIDS among construction workers was not satisfactory. Comprehensive knowledge of HIV, information received from work place, being tested for HIV and workers sex (gender) affects information seeking behavior towards HIV/AIDS. Work place HIV prevention and control strategy need to be implemented to increase appropriate information seeking behavior towards HIV/AIDS.