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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 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

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:
Gaubert-Marechal Emilie
Corevih of Guyane
Hospital complex of Cayenne
Andrée Rosemon, Street Flamboyants
B.P 6006, 97306 Cayenne Cedex, France
Tel: 00594-594-394-812/00696-696-865-440
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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.


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