Stigmatization of AIDS patients : disentangling Thai nursing students' attitudes towards HIV/AIDS, drug use and commercial sex

Chan, Kit Yee, Stoove, Mark, Sringernyuang, Luechai and Reidpath, Daniel D. 2008, Stigmatization of AIDS patients : disentangling Thai nursing students' attitudes towards HIV/AIDS, drug use and commercial sex, AIDS & behavior, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 1-12.

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Title Stigmatization of AIDS patients : disentangling Thai nursing students' attitudes towards HIV/AIDS, drug use and commercial sex
Author(s) Chan, Kit Yee
Stoove, Mark
Sringernyuang, Luechai
Reidpath, Daniel D.
Journal name AIDS & behavior
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 12
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2008-01
ISSN 1090-7165
1573-3254
Keyword(s) HIV/AIDS
layering of stigma
quantitative methods
injecting drug use (IDU)
commercial sex
Summary This paper analyzes the interrelationships between the stigma of HIV/AIDS stigma and the co-stigmas of commercial sex (CS) and injecting drug use (IDU). Students of a Bangkok nursing college (N = 144) were presented with vignettes describing a person varying in the disease diagnoses (AIDS, leukemia, no disease) and co-characteristics (IDU, CS, blood transfusion, no co-characteristic). For each vignette, participants completed a social distance measure assessing their attitudes towards the hypothetical person portrayed. Multivariate analyses showed strong interactions between the stigmas of AIDS and IDU but not between AIDS and CS. Although AIDS was shown to be stigmatizing in and of itself, it was significantly less stigmatizing than IDU. The findings highlight the need to consider the non-disease-related stigmas associated with HIV as well as the actual stigma of HIV/AIDS in treatment and care settings. Methodological strengths and limitations were evaluated and implications for future research discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2007
Copyright notice ©2007, Springer Science+Business Media
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007251

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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