Stigma towards People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAs) among Adolescents of Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
College of Medicine, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Hafsa Raheel
Department of Family and Community medicine
College of Medicine, King Saud University
PO Box 2925 Department 34
Riyadh 11461, Saudi Arabia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date August 05, 2016; Accepted date August 16, 2016; Published date August 23, 2016
Citation: Raheel H (2016) Stigma towards People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAs) among Adolescents of Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. J AIDS Clin Res 7:612. doi:10.4172/2155-6113.1000612
Copyright: © 2016 Raheel H. 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.
Background: After three decades of fight with HIV/AIDS in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), its control remains a challenge. Stigma against PLWAs is a major barrier to its control. Objective: To assess the stigma and associated factors, towards PLWAs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Materials and methodology: Cross-sectional study using a structured self-administered questionnaire was conducted among 713 adolescents (15–20 years). Descriptive analysis and adjusted odds ratio (OR) was calculated using SPSS. Results: More males were of the view of; ending friendship with people infected with HIV, they should be isolated; kept out of school and moved out of the house. Females were willing to work with PLWAs. These stigmatizing attitudes were significantly related to lack of knowledge regarding HIV/AIDS. Conclusion and recommendations: Educated adolescents in Riyadh have stigmatizing attitudes towards PLWAs. There is a great need to formulate interventions providing in depth knowledge regarding HIV transmission and prevention and to focus on changing people's negative attitudes against PLWAs.