Association between HIV/AIDS Knowledge and Stigma Towards People Living with HIV/AIDS in Botswana

Author: 
Letshwenyo-Maruatona, Sandra B.
Responsibility: 
Madisa, Montlenyane, jt. author
Boitshwarelo, Thokgamo, jt. author
George-Kefilwe, Botho, jt. author
Kingori, Caroline, jt. author
Ice, Gillian, jt. author
Bianco , Joseph A. , jt. author
Marape, Marape, jt. author
Zelalem T Haile, jt. author
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2019
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Journal Title: 
African Journal of AIDS Research
Source: 
African Journal of AIDS Research, Vol. 18, Issue 1, 2019, pp. 58-64
Abstract: 

In Botswana, an estimated 350 000 people live with HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS testing rates are low, suggesting that many other people remain undiagnosed. Stigma related to HIV/AIDS is prevalent and contributes to low testing rates and under-diagnosis of the virus. Identifying factors that contribute to stigma, such as insufficient or inaccurate knowledge of HIV/AIDS, may be critical in increasing early identification and treatment. This cross-sectional study used nationally representative data from the 2013 Botswana AIDS Impact Survey (BAIS) IV to examine the relationship between HIV/AIDS knowledge and stigmatising attitudes toward people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). The mean (standard error) for stigma towards PLWHA score and HIV/AIDS knowledge score were 0.99 (0.02) and 5.90 (0.03) respectively. HIV/AIDS knowledge score and stigma towards PLWHA score were strongly positively correlated r (4,4045) = 0.415, p

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CITATION: Letshwenyo-Maruatona, Sandra B.. Association between HIV/AIDS Knowledge and Stigma Towards People Living with HIV/AIDS in Botswana . Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group , 2019. African Journal of AIDS Research, Vol. 18, Issue 1, 2019, pp. 58-64 - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/association-between-hivaids-knowledge-and-stigma-towards-people-living-hivaids-botswana

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