When HIV-AIDS emerged in the United States, many people were clueless as to what the disease was, how individuals transmitted it, and why it was so deadly. Once established that it was transmitted via bodily fluids, HIV, blood, and sexual fluids, patients were stigmatized when receiving medical care-a situation leading to many individuals going from HIV to AIDS more rapidly because they avoided medical care. This study explored factors associated with the stigmatization of people with HIV.
Nonparametric correlations were used to determine how knowledge ofHIV and knowing someone and having cared for someone with HIV correlated with the willingness of graduate nursing students to care for people living with HIV-AIDS (PLWHA). The data showed that students, irrespective of personally knowing or having a patient with HIV, were willing to care for PLWHA. This finding demonstrated that the factors explored contributed but were not key to stigmatization.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Public health|
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