Stigmatization of HIV-Positive clients at clinics in Leribe District
A quantitative approach was used to investigate the stigmatization of HIV positive clients in the Leribe District of Lesotho.
The study population included 5200 HIV positive patients who enrolled for ARV in government clinics.
A randomly selected sample of 520 clients responded through a questionnaire and interviews.
The statistical package (STATA version 9) was used to analyze data.
The objectives of the study were to explore the type and level of stigmatization of HIV-positive clients and to describe ways in which health workers in the PHC can reduce the stigmatization of HIV-positive clients at the clinics.
The findings revealed that types of stigmatization included separation, isolation, labeling and discrimination.
Ways to reduce the stigma within a community based primary health care facility included educating people living with HIV on how to protect themselves from multiple infection, providing effective counselling to clients and families maintaining confidentiality,using change strategies to change attitudes of health care providers.The integration of HIV-related activities is a strong recommendation and the importance of the consistent availability of ARV was emphasized.
Ekeji is a Diversified Public Health researcher, educator and promoter.
A health professional well educated in the areas of Health research, epidemiology, population studies and more, Nwogo holds master of public Health with the University of South Africa and is the Director of Health Hope Services Lesotho.
Married, with four children.