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HIV-related stigma and discrimination amongst healthcare providers in Guangzhou, China

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, June 2018
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HIV-related stigma and discrimination amongst healthcare providers in Guangzhou, China
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BMC Public Health, June 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12889-018-5654-8
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Xiaomei Dong, Jianwei Yang, Lin Peng, Minhui Pang, Jiayi Zhang, Zhan Zhang, Jiaming Rao, Haiqing Wang, Xiongfei Chen


HIV-related discrimination amongst healthcare providers is one of the strongest obstacles to effectively responding to HIV. This study was conducted to explore the occurrence of and other factors related to discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS amongst healthcare providers in Guangzhou, China. This was a cross-sectional study, conducted between July and October 2016, that enrolled healthcare providers from 9 healthcare institutions in Guangzhou, China. HIV-related discrimination was assessed using anonymous self-designed questionnaires. Chi-square tests were used to study the differences in the socio-demographic characteristics, occupational characteristics, HIV-related knowledge and personal attitudes between participants who had and had not discriminated against People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). A multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to study the factors associated with HIV-related discrimination. A total of 972 healthcare providers were investigated, and 386 (39.7%) had previously served HIV-positive individuals in their work. Administering HIV antibody tests for patients without his or her consent was the most frequent act of discrimination (65.3%), and other forms of discrimination, including "differential treatment" (51.0%), "disclosed information" (46.4%) and "refused to treat" (38.6%), were also prevalent. The logistic regression analysis indicated that people who had worked for 3-7 years, worked in secondary hospitals or lower, worked in surgical departments, had lower scores on HIV transmission knowledge, were dissatisfied with the occupational exposure protection system offered by the government, were worried about HIV-related exposure and feared HIV-related exposure were more likely to commit an act of medical discrimination against PLWHA. HIV-related discrimination was not unusual in the healthcare providers of Guangzhou, which may be related to their negative cognitions and attitudes as well as the hospital management system and government policy. Therefore, comprehensive HIV-related knowledge education should be implemented to change the attitude of healthcare providers. In addition, the current laws and regulations should be refined by the government to protect the rights of healthcare providers. The contradiction between designated hospitals and non-designated hospitals should be resolved to ensure that PLWHA receive timely and effective help and treatment.

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Unknown 106 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 23 22%
Student > Bachelor 19 18%
Researcher 9 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 7%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 6%
Other 11 10%
Unknown 31 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 25 24%
Nursing and Health Professions 23 22%
Social Sciences 8 8%
Psychology 6 6%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 3 3%
Other 9 8%
Unknown 32 30%

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