Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://scholarhub.balamand.edu.lb/handle/uob/4997
Title: Knowledge, attitudes and practices towards people living with HIV/AIDS in Lebanon
Authors: Youssef, Lara 
Hallit, Souheil
Sacre, Hala
Salameh, Pascale
Cherfan, Michelle
Akel, Marwan
Hleyhel, Mira
Issue Date: 2021
Part of: Public Library of Science
Volume: 16
Issue: 3
Start page: 1
End page: 15
Abstract: 
Background: Up till today, studies carried in Lebanon have focused more on the prevalence of HIV and behaviors and quality of life of infected individuals, however, none of these studies discussed the degree of stigma towards these populations. Therefore, the aim of this study is to measure the rate of stigma in terms of knowledge, attitude and practice towards patients living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (PLWHA) and examine the factors associated with this stigma.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey, enrolling 862 participants, was carried across the five governorates in Lebanon: Beirut, Mount Lebanon, North, South and Bekaa. The survey was a self-administered questionnaire which covered information about participants' general demographics, their knowledge, attitudes, practices and awareness towards HIV/AIDS in Lebanon., attitudes towards PLWHA, practices related to HIV/AIDS and awareness regarding HIV/AIDS situation in Lebanon.

Results: The response rate to the survey was 78.36% (862 participants). Being Muslim (Beta = -2.56) or Druze (Beta = -2.64) compared to Christians were significantly associated with lower knowledge towards HIV/AIDS, whereas having a secondary (Beta = 2.71) and a university (Beta = 3.04) levels of education compared to illiteracy and higher age (Beta = 0.05) were significantly associated with higher knowledge. Higher knowledge (Beta = 0.66) was significantly associated with better attitude, whereas higher age (Beta = -0.14) and being Muslim compared to Christian (Beta = -3.44) were significantly associated with worse attitude. Better attitude (Beta = 0.02) was significantly associated with better practice, whereas females compared to males (Beta = -0.39), having a secondary level of education compared to illiteracy (Beta = -0.88) and being Muslim compared to Christian (Beta = -0.32) were significantly associated with worse practice.

Conclusion: Our results stress the need for educational programs, advocacy campaigns and policies to help reduce HIV stigma. This will then help start developing interventions and strategies for a possible reduction in the stigmatization level.
URI: https://scholarhub.balamand.edu.lb/handle/uob/4997
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0249025
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0249025. PMID: 33765069.
Open URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medicine

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