Youth of Bangladesh have high awareness and fairly good knowledge of HIV/AIDS but they have many misconceptions. These misconceptions lead them to risky sexual behavior and reduce their sense of vulnerability. This study shows that the information about HIV/AIDS is important but being "knowledgeable" is not enough. Television is a predominant source of information for all types of youth. Among the respondents, only 25 to 35% are illiterate. Although television is a preferred source of information, all media reach important segments of the general youth population. Peers are an important source of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS information but not the parents.
Strong public support and back-up plans required to remove barriers of HIV education and condom promotion. Policy planners are aware of the imminent threat of HIV/AIDS and must also be directly involved in program decisions, planning and implementation at all levels.