Zhabenko N, Zhabenko O (2012) Attitudes toward people with HIV/AIDS among medical practitioners and nonmedical specialists in Ukraine

Tatiana Andreeva, Olena Zhabenko, Nataliya Zhabenko, Olena Zhabenko, Olena Zhabenko, Nataliya Zhabenko, Nataliya Zhabenko
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Zhabenko N, Zhabenko O (2012) Attitudes toward people with HIV/AIDS among medical practitioners and nonmedical specialists in Ukraine. Tobacco Control and Public Health in Eastern Europe 2 (Supplement 1, 2nd conference 'Economics, sociology, theory and practice of public health'):s31-s32 INTRODUCTION: AIDS is the disease that has been stigmatized since its development; stigmatization of people living with HIV is an important barrier to using HIV testing and treatment. It is well known, that
more » ... ell known, that stigma is associated with mental disorders including depression and anxiety. Ukraine is a country with one of the highest number of annual HIV infection cases. GOALS: The goal of this study was to evaluate medical practitioners' (surgeons, psychiatrists, therapists and students) and nonmedical specialists' attitude toward people with HIV/AIDS. METHODS: A total of 180 individuals participated in the study. Acceptance of people who have AIDS or are infected with HIV was assessed with the help of the "Attitudes toward people with HIV or AIDS". Total scores range from 50 to 10, higher scores indicate high acceptance of persons with HIV/AIDS. RESULTS: Younger participants reported higher acceptance of persons with HIV or AIDS (p.05). Medical practitioners showed greater total score, compare to nonmedical specialists (38.0 ± 6.0 vs. 34.0 ± 5.5, respectively, p CONCLUSION: In this study we evaluated the level of attitudes toward people with HIV or AIDS in Ukraine. Young age and medical education were significantly associated with the positive attitudes toward people with HIV and AIDS. Our findings are important for the programs reducing the stigma and discrimination that should be addressed to the wide layers of the society.
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