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Health Psychol. 2005 Jul;24(4):435-8.

HIV-related stigma among market workers in China.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neuropsychiatric Institute, Center for Community Health, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA.


HIV-related stigma was examined among 209 employees and owners of stalls in 5 markets in an eastern coastal city in China. Of the participants 53% were women and 47% were men; 100% were Han. Ages ranged from 18 to 49 years (M=35, SD=8.1). Half of the participants believed that punishment was an appropriate response toward those living with HIV (50%). Over half (56%) were unwilling to be friends with infected individuals. The majority thought that those living with HIV should be isolated (73%). They agreed that persons living with HIV should not take care of other people's children (85%). Punishing beliefs toward persons living with HIV were related to being male, older, married, less educated, and unwilling to be tested for HIV.

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