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On the way towards zero discrimination; What do people living with HIV think?

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MPW Gunathilake ,

National STD/AIDS Control Programme, Ministry of Health, Colombo, LK
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S Samarkoon

National STD/AIDS Control Programme, Ministry of Health, Colombo, LK
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Abstract

Background: Sri Lanka is a country with a low prevalence of HIV infection. Nevertheless, number of people infected with HIV continues to rise with a considerable gap between the number identified and estimated. It is well known that stigma and discrimination to people living with HIV play a major role preventing people accessing services for HIV testing, care and support, worldwide.Sri Lanka is no exception.

Methods: We interviewed 102 HIV patients using an interviewer administered questionnaire. In depth interviews were conducted with some of them.

Results: Major discrimination was within the health sector with 43% being discriminated at health care settings. 28.4% of them had to undergo testing for HIV, before foreign employment. The rates of voluntary testing were very low. 80% of people living with HIV (PLHIV) have disclosed the positive status, someone else.

Conclusions: A multi sectoral approach is necessary to provide care, support and treatment without stigma and discrimination. There should be self help groups of PLHIV to help each other and to liaise with healthcare personnel when required.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljv.v3i1.5410

Sri Lanka Journal of Venereology Vol.3(1) 2012 pp.33-37

How to Cite: Gunathilake, M. & Samarkoon, S., (2013). On the way towards zero discrimination; What do people living with HIV think?. Sri Lanka Journal of Venereology. 3(1), pp.33–37. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljv.v3i1.5410
Published on 10 Apr 2013.
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