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The Nature of Stigmatization and Discrimination against Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Lagos State

Akanbi, M. A. (2011) The Nature of Stigmatization and Discrimination against Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Lagos State. Journal of Social and Policy Issues, 8 (3). pp. 159-167. ISSN 1117-1669

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Abstract

The paper tries to identify the nature of HIVIAJDS stigmatization and discrimination against women in Lagos State. The nature and extent of the HIVIAIDS epidemic varies by country and region. This study is significant since discrimination and stigmatization is a major challenge all over the world that has not received adequate attention up till date. Total sample sizes of two hundred and thirty females who are living with HIVIAJDS were inteniewed through questionnaires administration in Lagos State, Nigeria. Frequency rabies and regression model were used to analyse the data collected from the field. The study reflected one hypothesis. Hmrever, the nature of HIVIAIDS stigmatization and discrimination against >vomen in Lagos state that were identified in this study include: gossips, verbal harassments and neglect respectively. In addition, the result from Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) clarified that those women who disclose their HIVIAIDS status are gossiped about, verbally harassed and neglected by the Nigerian society. The hypothesis tested show that there is a strong relationship between community attitudes and HIVIAIDS stigmatized and discriminated women. The paper buttressed that any form of women's disclosure of their HIVIAIDS status is automalically stigmatized and discriminated by the Nigerian society in this 2 1'1 cenlury. The paper majorly recommends that any form of gossip, verbal harassment and neglect should be stopped against women, who disclosed their HlviAIDS swtus to the Nigerian populace.Lastly, women with HIVIAIDS positive should be fully embraced by every Nigerian as normal citizens with bubbling lives in them and that our community attitudes !awards them should be cordial

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nature of Stigmatization and Discrimination, HIV/AIDS Status, Women, ANOVA, and Verbal-Harassment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Solomon Bayoko
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2014 15:40
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 15:40
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/2878

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