AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 131–136

Sexual risk-taking and HIV testing among health workers in Zambia


    • Horizons/PATH, General Accident House
  • Thabale Ngulube
    • Institute of Economic and Social Research/University of Zambia
  • Mutinta Nyumbu
    • SHARe Project, ZambiaRed Cross House, Los Angeles Boulevard
  • Panganani Njobvu
    • Zambia Medical Association
  • Peter Eerens
    • AIM Model District Program
  • Chilufya Mwaba
    • Zambia Health Education and Communication Trust
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-006-9091-9

Cite this article as:
Kiragu, K., Ngulube, T., Nyumbu, M. et al. AIDS Behav (2007) 11: 131. doi:10.1007/s10461-006-9091-9


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.

Key Words

Health workersHigh-risk behaviorHIV testingZambiaHospitals

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006