It is very important to determine and eliminate the prejudices of nurse candidates about AIDS disease, which has not been successful in its treatment yet, in the fight against AIDS disease. The aim is the determination of the prejudices of the nursing department students of the faculty of health sciences of a state university about AIDS disease. This investigation was held between 1 - 31 May 2019. Sample; 163 girls (79.5%), 42 boys (20.5%), a total of 205 students. The average age of the participants is 21.00 ± 1.76 (Min18 - Max26). The analysis of the data collected with the questionnaire was carried out in the SPSS - 21 program. Frequency and descriptive statistical analysis techniques were used for descriptive analysis. The relationship between propositions and variables was determined using the Chi-square test. Most of the students stated that they would not refrain from treating a patient with AIDS disease, if a person is tested for HIV (+), there will be no change in his behavior towards the patient and they will take special precautions while providing health care to a patient with AIDS. 39.1% of the students stated that they would volunteer to follow a patient with AIDS. In this investigation; the relationship between participation in the statements and gender, age and class variables was determined (p <.05). Considering the opinions of the students on the subject and their answers to the questions; it has been determined that the participants generally do not behave prejudiced against AIDS patients. However, it is a negative attitude for AIDS patients that some of the students state that they will stay away from AIDS patients. The results show that prejudice decreases with the increase in education and knowledge level. Great importance should be attached to the HIV / AIDS education of nursing students. In addition, the reasons for prejudice among healthcare professionals can be clarified and measures can be taken to eliminate it. In this context, it is recommended to add trainings for changing behavior and attitude to the education curriculum.
AIDS, HIV, Sexually transmitted diseases, Nursing student, Education