AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 131–136

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

  • Karusa Kiragu
  • Thabale Ngulube
  • Mutinta Nyumbu
  • Panganani Njobvu
  • Peter Eerens
  • Chilufya Mwaba
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

Abstract

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

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karusa Kiragu
    • 1
  • Thabale Ngulube
    • 2
  • Mutinta Nyumbu
    • 3
  • Panganani Njobvu
    • 4
  • Peter Eerens
    • 5
  • Chilufya Mwaba
    • 6
  1. 1.Horizons/PATH, General Accident HouseNairobiKenya
  2. 2.Institute of Economic and Social Research/University of ZambiaLusakaZambia
  3. 3.SHARe Project, ZambiaRed Cross House, Los Angeles BoulevardLusakaZambia
  4. 4.Zambia Medical AssociationWoodlandsZambia
  5. 5.AIM Model District ProgramKampalaUganda
  6. 6.Zambia Health Education and Communication TrustLusakaZambia