Sexual risk-taking and HIV testing among health workers in Zambia
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Health workers (N=692) in five Zambian hospitals were interviewed to assess HIV/AIDS risk-taking and status awareness. They comprised of physicians, nurses, clinical officers and paramedics. Only 33% had been tested for HIV and only 24% said their partner had been tested. 26 percent of sexually active respondents had multiple partners; thirty-seven percent of these had not used condoms. Only 60% of respondents believed condoms were effective in preventing HIV. Women were less likely to trust or use condoms even in high-risk relationships. The data suggest a need to develop HIV/AIDS programs for health workers, with emphasis towards gender-based obstacles hampering safer behaviors.
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- 2. Institute of Economic and Social Research/University of Zambia, P.O. Box 30900, Lusaka, Zambia
- 3. SHARe Project, Zambia, Red Cross House, Los Angeles Boulevard, Long Acres, P.O. Box 37230, Lusaka, Zambia
- 4. Zambia Medical Association, P.O. Box 320091, Woodlands, Lusaka, Zambia
- 5. AIM Model District Program, P.O. Box 12009, Kampala, Uganda
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