Stigmatization of Persons With HIV/AIDS in Saudi Arabia

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Data about the stigmatization of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Saudi Arabia are scarce. Recent statistics from Saudi Ministry of Health showed that 77% of HIV-positive Saudis were males. The present study analyzed data from 162 Saudi male college students. The findings suggest that students who knew less about HIV/AIDS were more likely to stigmatize persons living with HIV/AIDS than those who knew more. Neither degree of religiosity nor worry about HIV infection was related to AIDS stigma. However, AIDS-related shame was the best predictor of AIDS stigma. The findings of this study point to important suggestions for AIDS prevention programs in Saudi Arabia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-392
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • AIDS
  • Arabic culture
  • Saudi Arabia
  • stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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