Dr. Sara Aslam, Dr. Samiya Nazir, Dr. Shehir Bano
Introduction: Information seeking is one of the critical methods of dealing with crisis, disability, or uncertainty pertaining to progression of HIV/AIDS. Seeking information is also a way of gaining control over health-related events (Lenz, 1984). According to recent estimates, the number of people living with HIV/AIDS is nearly 0.1 million in Pakistan. There is dramatic rise in the number of HIV patients in Pakistan in the recent years. The prevalence rate of adults aged 15 to 49 is <0.1%. Methodology: This will be a quantitative study and a survey approach will be used to collect the data. The sampling technique will be decided based on population size. A sample of HIV positive men and women will be selected from HIV/AIDS Treatment Centres, Voluntary Confidential Counselling and Testing (VCT) Centres and HIV/AIDS Surveillance Centres of big cities of Pakistan. If needed, private sector NGOs of different cities of Pakistan will be contacted to get primary information about the diagnosed HIV/AIDS migrants in big cities. Results: The proposed study aims to test the more complete version of the Wilson’s information seeking model, as well as other variables such as knowledge and awareness of anyone with HIV complications (direct experience). Although the relationships among variables in the Wilson model have not been made explicit, the model can be tested by extending previous research conducted by Shieh, McDaniel, and Ke (2009). Their work indicates that information needs had a positive relationship (b = .20; p = .04) with information-seeking, and barriers had a negative relationship (b = –.46; p < .0001) with information-seeking. However, the said predictors only account for a quarter of the variance in information-seeking, and as such points to the possible inclusion of other factors in the model. This provides an opportunity to test the revised Wilson Model which utilizes the two additional factors of self-efficacy and perceived risk.