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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 28, No. 2, 2010, pp. 199-207
Bioline Code: hn10026
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2010, pp. 199-207

 en HIV-related Discriminatory Attitudes of Healthcare Workers in Bangladesh
Hossain, Mohammad Bellal & Kippax, Susan


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.

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

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