Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices on HIV/AIDS among Boatmen on the Maroni River: A Neglected Bridging Group?
Emilie Gaubert-Marechal1*, Anne Jolivet 2,3,4, Astrid Van-Melle5, Marie-Claire Parriault5, Célia Basurko 5, Antoine Adenis5, Mathieu Hanf5,Vincent Vantilcke2, Sandrine Halfen6, Pierre Couppie7,8 and Mathieu Nacher1,5,7
- *Corresponding Author:
- Gaubert-Marechal Emilie
Corevih of Guyane
Hospital complex of Cayenne
Andrée Rosemon, Street Flamboyants
B.P 6006, 97306 Cayenne Cedex, France
E-mail : [email protected]
Received Date: September 18, 2012; Accepted Date: November 16, 2012; Published Date: November 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.