Predictors of HIV stigma among health workers in the Cape Coast metropolis, Ghana

  • James Prah | james.prah@ucc.edu.gh University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
  • Anna Hayfron-Benjamin College of Health & Allied Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
  • Mohammed Abdulai University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
  • Obed Lasim College of Health & Allied Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
  • Yvonne Nartey Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Cape Coast, Ghana.
  • Dorcas Obiri-Yeboah College of Health & Allied Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Abstract

Background: Stigma against people living with HIV (PLHIV) among health workers remains a barrier to the provision of needed care to HIV patients worldwide. We sought to investigate predictors of HIV stigma among health workers in Cape Coast, Ghana. Methods: This was a cross sectional study conducted in three hospitals from November 2016 to February 2017. The study made use of a pre-existing self-administered questionnaire. Multiple regression analysis and Pearson’s coefficient tests were performed to determine the relationship between the dependent variable, stigmatized attitudes of health workers and some independent variables, and to determine which of the independent variables predict stigma amongst health care workers. Results: A total of 331 health workers of different categories participated. Respondents’ personal opinions on HIV, fears/worries of getting infected and category of staff {F(3,327)= 23.934 p<0.00 }, R2 = 0.180) significantly predicted their stigmatizing behaviour. Compared to other health workers, nurses had higher scores for stigmatizing behaviour. Conclusions: the study found evidence of discriminatory and stigmatizing behaviour towards PLHIV by health workers. Stigma reduction programmes aimed at health workers should be strengthened at all health facilities that provide care to PLHIV.

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2020-04-29
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Keywords:
Stigma, Discrimination, PLHIV, Cape Coast, Ghana
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Prah, J., Hayfron-Benjamin, A., Abdulai, M., Lasim, O., Nartey, Y., & Obiri-Yeboah, D. (2020). Predictors of HIV stigma among health workers in the Cape Coast metropolis, Ghana. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2020.1020