Role of shame in the stigmatization of people with human immunodeficiency virus: a survey of female college students in 3 Arab countries.

A. M. Badahdah, C. E. Foote

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AIDS stigma is a challenge to controlling HIV/AIDS epidemic especially in more conservative cultures. This study explored the impact of knowledge about HIV and AIDS, and the impact of shame, on the stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS in the Arab world. Survey data were collected from 277 female college students in 3 Arab countries: Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan. Only in Bahrain was knowledge about HIV and AIDS inversely related to negative attitudes toward people with HIV/AIDS. AIDS-related shame, however, was a strong predictor of AIDS stigma in all 3 countries. HIV education is needed for young people in Arab countries, especially women, both for their own health and to reduce the problem of AIDS stigma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)982-987
Number of pages6
JournalEastern Mediterranean health journal = La revue de santé de la Méditerranée orientale = al-Majallah al-ihhīyah li-sharq al-mutawassi
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


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