Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices on HIV/AIDS among Boatmen on the Maroni River: A Neglected Bridging Group?*Corresponding Author: Emilie Gaubert-Marechal, Corevih of Guyane, Hospital complex of Cayenne, Andree Rosemon, Street Flamboyants, B.P 6006, 97306 Cayenne Cedex, France, Tel: 00594-594-394-812/00696-696-865-440, Fax: 00594.5126.96.36.199, Email: [email protected]
Received Date: Sep 18, 2012 / Accepted Date: Nov 16, 2012 / Published Date: Nov 21, 2012
Citation: Gaubert-Maréchal E, Jolivet A, Van-Melle A, Parriault Mc, Basurko C, et al. (2012) Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices on HIV/AIDS among Boatmen on the Maroni River: A Neglected Bridging Group? J AIDS Clinic Res 3:181.DOI: 10.4172/2155-6113.1000181
Copyright: © 2012 Gaubert-Maréchal E, 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.
In French Guiana, the prevalence of HIV among pregnant women along the Maroni river, has risen from 0 to over 1% in the 1990’s. Despite this sharp increase, no behavioural surveillance study has ever taken place in this border region. The present study showed that an important proportion of boatmen have risky sexual behaviour. These results underline the importance of targeting prevention interventions on this population that is not currently receiving specific HIV prevention messages.