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AIDS Behav. 2008 Mar;12(2):255-64. Epub 2007 Dec 13.

HIV-related discrimination reported by people living with HIV in London, UK.

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Institute of Health Sciences, City University, 24 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4TY, UK. j.elford@city.ac.uk

Abstract

The objective was to examine the extent to which people living with HIV in London reported being discriminated against because of their infection. In 2004-2005, people living with HIV attending NHS outpatient HIV clinics in north east London were asked: "Have you ever been treated unfairly or differently because of your HIV status-in other words discriminated against?". Of the 1,687 people who returned a questionnaire (73% response rate), data from 1,385 respondents were included in this analysis; 448 heterosexual women and 210 heterosexual men of black African origin, 727 gay/bisexual men (621 white, 106 ethnic minority). Overall, nearly one-third of respondents (29.9%, 414/1,385) said they had been discriminated against because of their HIV infection. Of those who reported experiencing HIV-related discrimination, almost a half (49.6%, 200/403) said this had involved a health care worker including their dentist (n = 102, 25.3%) or primary care physician (n = 70, 17.4%).

PMID:
18080829
DOI:
10.1007/s10461-007-9344-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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