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Worldwide, Health Care Workers Are Often Sources of HIV Stigma and Discrimination, Report Says

September 15, 2009

Combating HIV stigma is no easy feat. More than 25 years into the HIV pandemic, it's a problem that is still prevalent around the world. And as a recent report outlines in vivid detail, even health care settings are rife with HIV stigma and discrimination, particularly in resource-poor countries.

The report, written by researchers at the International Center for Research on Women and published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society in August, illustrates exactly how common HIV stigma is among health care providers in the developing world. But it also shows how fighting stigma among providers can dramatically improve the quality of care given to their HIV-positive patients. The authors provide concrete examples of what health care providers can do to help.

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Comment by: kate (yaounde cameroon) Wed., Sep. 23, 2009 at 4:55 am EDT
stigma by health care workers for us people living with the virus is a very big problem, i'ts very painful when a health care worker hurry to put gloves when taking care of our chlidren.I don't have answers when my child wanted to understand.
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Comment by: Malcolm (Auburn, AL) Wed., Sep. 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm EDT
I don't have to go far in seeing stigma and discrimination among health care workers. I see it on an almost daily basis right here in the USA. It saddens me.
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Comment by: Sharon Wed., Sep. 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm EDT
It is so true in Jamaica, Auxiliary Workers at the Health Clinics and in the hospitals, Nurses, Lab Technician, Pharmacist Assistants, and even the (Adhere/Councilors who themselves are HIV/AID), are the revealers of PLHIV status
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Comment by: DJ Lo (Lesotho) Wed., Sep. 16, 2009 at 5:15 am EDT
Stigma by health care workers for us people living with the virus is a very serious problem, especially in public hospitals. We end up spending lots of money to private hospitals unneccessarily because there care and support is much better as compared to the public ones.
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