Knowledge and attitudes towards HIV and people living with HIV/AIDS(PLWHA) among public health midwives in the Galle district, Sri Lanka
May 15, 2016 - August 15, 2016
Although HIV-related stigma has been common during the HIV/AIDS epidemic, there has been little research from Asia compared to North America and Europe in regard to the assessment of stigma toward HIV/AIDS. To design adequate interventions to reduce stigma and to understand the impact of stigma on HIV prevention and treatment, securing quantitative data of specific settings is necessary. In Sri Lanka, public health midwives (PHMs) play an important role for maternal and child health but their contribution has evolved beyond midwifery. Therefore, it is important to know whether the PHMs are knowledgeable, trained and prepared for people living with HIV/AIDS(PLWHA) due to their potential interaction with them or with individuals at risk for HIV/ AIDS. With the limited current literature among this population, this study will add valuable information about the knowledge and attitudes of PHMs in Sri Lanka and provide descriptive examination of potential barriers to care for PLWHA.