Sexual risk-taking and HIV testing among health workers in Zambia (HTML)
Kiragu,Karusa; Ngulube,Thabale J.; Nyumbu,Mutinta; Njobvu,Panganani; Eerens,Peter; Mwaba,Chilufya
AIDS and Behavior 11(1): 131-136
Publication date: 2007
Health workers (N=692) in five Zambian hospitals were interviewed to assess HIV/AIDS risk-taking and status awareness. They comprised of physicians, nurses, clinical officers and paramedics. Only 33% had been tested for HIV and only 24% said their partner had been tested. 26 percent of sexually active respondents had multiple partners; thirty-seven percent of these had not used condoms. Only 60% of respondents believed condoms were effective in preventing HIV. Women were less likely to trust or use condoms even in high-risk relationships. The data suggest a need to develop HIV/AIDS programs for health workers, with emphasis towards gender-based obstacles hampering safer behaviors.
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