Healthcare Providers' Perspectives on Occupational Exposure to HIV: A Cross-Cultural Comparison*Corresponding Author: Moazzam Ali Zaidi, Adjunct Lecturer in Occupational & Aviation Medicine, University of Otago, PO Box 7343, Wellington South 6242, New Zealand, Tel: +64 6 3484 367/+64 021 1360 685, Email: [email protected]
Received Date: Oct 07, 2012 / Accepted Date: Oct 25, 2012 / Published Date: Oct 27, 2012
Citation: Zaidi MA, Griffiths R, Levack W (2012) Healthcare Providers’ Perspectives on Occupational Exposure to HIV: A Cross-Cultural Comparison. J AIDS Clinic Res 3:179.DOI: 10.4172/2155-6113.1000179
Copyright: © 2012 Zaidi MA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Interviews were conducted with 24 doctors and nurses in United Arab Emirates and New Zealand to better understand factors that might influence behaviour after occupational exposure to HIV (e.g. following needlestick injury). While participants in both countries held similar beliefs regarding their primary health concerns, open reporting of HIV exposure in United Arab Emirates hospitals appeared threatened by sociocultural and political factors (particularly stigma and risk of deportation) compared to in New Zealand hospitals.