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Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices on HIV/AIDS among Boatmen on the Maroni River: A Neglected Bridging Group?

Emilie Gaubert-Marechal1*, Anne Jolivet2,3,4, Astrid Van-Melle5, Marie-Claire Parriault5, Marie-Claire Parriault5, Celia Basurko5, Antoine Adenis5, Mathieu Hanf2, Vincent Vantilcke6, Sandrine Halfen7,8, Pierre Couppie and Mathieu Nacher1,5,7
1COREVIH Guyane, General Hospital Andrée Rosemon, Cayenne, French Guiana, France
2Department of Medicine, General Hospital Franck Joly, Saint-Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana, France
3INSERM, U707, Research Team on the Social Determinants of Health and Health Care, Paris, France
4Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 06, UMR-S 707, Paris, France
5Centre of Clinical Investigation Epidémiologie Clinique Antilles-Guyane, CIC-EC INSERM CIE 802, General Hospital Andrée Rosemon, Cayenne, French Guiana, France
6Regional Observatory of the Health of Ile-de-France, Paris, France
7UFR of medicine, Université Antilles-Guyane, France
8Department of Dermatology, General Hospital Andrée Rosemon, Cayenne, French Guiana, France
*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: 00594.594.39.50.16, 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.


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