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Title: Knowledge and risk perceptions about hiv/aids among Nepalese migrants in gulf countries
Alternative title / Subtitle: a cross-sectional study
Authors: Sharma, Narayan
Joshi, Suresh
Prescott, Gordon J.
Simkhada, Padam
Bhurtyal, Yagya M.
Item type: Conference publication
Keywords: AIDS;Internal migrants;Experiential learning;Persian Gulf Region;Μετανάστες;Γνώση;Αντίληψη κινδύνων;Risk perceptions
Subjects: Medicine
Issue Date: 21-Jul-2014
Date of availability: 20-Jul-2014
Publisher: Μαρβάκη, Χριστίνα
Abstract: Background: Migration is considered as one of the major risk factor for HIV/AIDS transmission. Inadequate knowledge and misconceptions about HIV/AIDS transmission are still the major challenges in developing countries. Aim: This study aimed to explore the knowledge and risk perceptions about HIV/AIDS among a sample of Nepalese migrants working in three Gulf countries. Method and Material: A cross-sectional study was performed among a sample of 408 adult Nepalese migrants who had a work experience of at least six months in one of the three Gulf countries, (Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates). An interview-based questionnaire was used to obtain the information from these migrant workers. Results: The respondents in this study were from different parts of Nepal and the majority were adult males, most frequently of age 26-35. More than half of the respondents were involved in construction related works. The majority of the respondents were aware that HIV virus is transmitted through sexual intercourse without using condoms and having sex with many people. The most prevalent misconceptions about HIV/AIDS transmission was that a person can get HIV/AIDS from a mosquito bite. More than a quarter of the respondents perceived that they were not at risk of being infected with HIV/AIDS due to their sexual activities. Conclusions: There is still a lack of adequate awareness and risk perceptions about HIV/AIDS among some of the Nepalese migrants. We can suggest to government of Nepal and employers to provide proper preventive health information regarding HIV/AIDS to migrant workers in both home and destination countries.
Description: Research article
Language: English
Citation: Joshi, S., Prescott, G., Simkhada, P & Sharma, N. (July 2014). Knowledge and risk perceptions about hiv/aids among Nepalese migrants in gulf countries: a cross-sectional study. “Health Science Journal”. 8(3):350-360.
Journal: Health Science Journal
Type of Journal: With a review process (peer review)
Access scheme: Publicly accessible
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
Appears in Collections:Τόμος 8, τεύχος 3 (Ιουλ. - Σεπ. 2014)

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