ATTITUDES OF FEMALE STREET VENDORS TOWARDS HIV/AIDS IN VHEMBE DISTRICT OF SOUTH AFRICA

African Journal of Infectious Diseases (AJID)

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Title ATTITUDES OF FEMALE STREET VENDORS TOWARDS HIV/AIDS IN VHEMBE DISTRICT OF SOUTH AFRICA
 
Creator Olaniyi, FC
Tshitangano, TG
Tugli, AK
Amosu, AM
Edokpayi, JN
 
Subject Tradtional Medicine, Medicinal Plants
Attitude; female street vendors; HIV/AIDS; health workers, antiretroviral drugs.
 
Description Background: The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) are still
global health problems. This study was conducted to describe the attitudes of female street vendors (FSV) in
Thohoyandou, Vhembe district, towards HIV/AIDS and those infected with the virus.
Materials and methods: A quantitative, cross-sectional survey design was adopted. Data were collected by means of a
structured, self-administered questionnaire and analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version
20.0.
Results: Majority (85.0%) of the participants had completed secondary education, 46.7% were single and 41.5% were
aged 40 and above. Most of them (90.5%) indicated that they would accept to do a voluntary HIV test. Fear of
stigmatization ranked highest among the reasons given by those not in favour of testing. Whilst 91.0% of the participants
reported that they can stay in the same house with a person who is HIV positive and 88.5% said they would not have sex
in exchange for money, only 57.5% indicated that they would agree to take antiretroviral drugs if they tested positive in
pregnancy. The level of education was found to be significantly associated (p-value = 0.000) with the type of attitude
shown towards HIV and those infected.
Conclusion: It is recommended that HIV information providers and health workers in South Africa pay more attention to
enlightening women about the importance of taking
antiretroviral drugs in pregnancy to reduce the incidence of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
 
Publisher African Traditional Medicine Supporters Initiative (ATHMSI), 7, Road 1, Otunmaiye Square
 
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Date 2017-06-08
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://journals.sfu.ca/africanem/index.php/AJID/article/view/4786
10.21010/ajid.v11i2.3
 
Source African Journal of Infectious Diseases (AJID); Vol 11, No 2 (2017); 17-23
2505-0419
2006-0165
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://journals.sfu.ca/africanem/index.php/AJID/article/view/4786/2990
 
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