HIV-related Discriminatory Attitudes of Healthcare Workers in Bangladesh

Authors

  • Mohammad Bellal Hossain Public and Environmental Health Research Unit, Department of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London
  • Susan Kippax National Centre in HIV Social Research, Robert Webster Building, University of New South Wales, Sydney

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v28i2.4892

Keywords:

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, Cross-sectional studies, Discrimination, Healthcare workers, Human immunodeficiency virus, Stigma, Bangladesh

Abstract

This study aimed at identifying the level of HIV-related discriminatory attitudes and related factors in a purposively- selected sample of healthcare workers (HCWs) in Bangladesh. In total, 526 HCWs from a number of hospitals and healthcare centres were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. A moderate level of discriminatory attitudes was observed. The factors associated with a high level of such attitudes among the HCWs were: high level of irrational fear about HIV and AIDS; working in teaching hospital rather than in non-teaching hospital and diagnostic centres; low level of education; and being male. The results indicate that programmes to reduce irrational fear about transmission of HIV are urgently needed.

Key words: Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; Cross-sectional studies; Discrimination; Healthcare workers; Human immunodeficiency virus; Stigma; Bangladesh

DOI: 10.3329/jhpn.v28i2.4892

J Health Popul Nutr 2010 Apr; 28(2): 199-207

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Hossain, M. B., & Kippax, S. (2010). HIV-related Discriminatory Attitudes of Healthcare Workers in Bangladesh. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 28(2), 199–207. https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v28i2.4892

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