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n Journal of Gender, Information and Development in Africa (JGIDA) - Infection mode, deliberate infection, stigma and risky sexual behaviour of people living with Hiv/Aids.

Volume 5, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN : 2050-4276
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4284

Abstract

This study focuses on infection modes, deliberate infection, stigma and risky sexual behavior of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). The purpose was to examine whether PLWHA who contracted HIV/AIDS through sexual intercourse, blood transfusion, injection, and while caring for sero-positives differ in risky sexual behavior; whether PLWHA who perceived to be deliberately infected and those who perceived otherwise differ in risky sexual behavior; and whether experience of stigma relate with risky sexual behavior of PLWHA. The study design was cross sectional and the data was collected through a questionniare. The participants consist of 93 HIV/AIDS patients taking treatments in antiretroviral therapy (ART) clinics. The sample comprises 30 male and 63 female with a mean age of 35 years. The results revealed that the impact modes of infection and perception of deliberate and non-deliberate infection on risky sexual behavior of PLWHA do not differ significantly, and experience of stigma was not significantly related to risky sexual behavior of PLWHA. Effect size statistics revealed that the independent variables have very small impact on the dependent variable, and therefore the findings disconfirmed the theory of reciprocity that the hypotheses were based upon. Though the independent variables have very small impact on the dependent variable; they should not be ignored in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Future studies should adopt a mixed method research approach.

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2016-01-01
2019-10-18

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