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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 44-49

HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination among health-care providers in a tertiary health facility

1 Department of Medico-surgical Nursing, College of Nursing and Midwifery, Gombe, Nigeria
2 Department of Anatomy and Physiology, College of Nursing and Midwifery, Gombe, Nigeria
3 Department of Public Health, School of Medicine, International University, Bamenda, Cameroon

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Pauline Justin S Doka
College of Nursing and Midwifery, Gombe
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmedsci.jmedsci_99_16

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Aim: This study was aimed at assessing dispositions, attitudes, and behavioral tendencies for HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination among health-care providers in Specialist Hospital Gombe, Northern Nigeria. Materials and Methods: Out of a total of 397 health personnel of the hospital, a sample of 201 health-care providers of various professional backgrounds was drawn using quota sampling technique. A descriptive exploratory survey method was adopted. Using a structured questionnaire, relevant data were collected from the subjects. Reliability test on key segments of the instrument yielded alpha Cronbach's internal consistency test values of not <7.0. The significance level for findings was set at 0.05. Results: The subjects were aged between 18 and 59 years with a mean of 39.11 ± 10.60 years. There were more females (123, 61.2%) than males (78, 38.8%), and majority (113, 56.2%) of them were diploma certificate holders, whereas a good number (62, 30.8%) had degree education. Seventy-two (35.8%) of them opined that “A person who contract HIV should be ashamed” and another 31 (15.4%) of them believe that such a person should be rejected. Although this tendency appeared to be more among doctors (31, 15.4%) and laboratory workers (4, 25.0%) than others, this was not statistically significant (P > 0.05). If given the choice, 34 (16.9%) of the personnel would not treat a patient with HIV. Conclusion: A prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS-related stigma of 15.4% among the health personnel is quite worrisome. Stigma reduction seminars and workshops would go a long way toward mitigating this trend.

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