Overlapping Stigmas as Predictors of Attitudes towards People Living with HIV/AIDS among Youth Healthcare Professionals in Nigeria

Authors

  • Olusola I. Akinbobola Department of Behavioural Studies, Redeemer’s University Ede, Osun State Nigeria
  • Deborah F. Onisile Department of Nursing, Redeemer’s University Ede, Osun State Nigeria
  • Ibukunoluwa B. Bello Department of Behavioural Studies, Redeemer’s University Ede, Osun State Nigeria

Abstract

Living with HIV is often connected with some overlapping experiences that are stigmatising and could aggravate attitude towards people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). This study examined the influence of overlapping stigmas (homophobia, ethnic discrimination, sexism, injection drug use, and sex work) on the attitude towards PLWHA of serving healthcare professionals in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Nigeria. NYSC members comprised fresh Nigerian graduates of tertiary institutions who were 30 years and below on mandatory service to the nation. NYSC members totalling 325 participants responded to structured psychological scales. This study utilised a survey research design and employed appropriate statistical analysis such as regression. The results revealed that overlapping stigmas jointly accounted for (55.1%) of the total variation in Attitude towards PLWHA. All the overlapping stigmas significantly correlated with Attitude towards PLWHA. The implication of the findings was discussed in line with the decline of HIV/AIDS and implementation of the agenda of Sustainable Development Goals.

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Published

2021-06-30