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Does HIV testing improve attitudes towards people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS? A comparison of attitudes towards people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) among Individuals who know their HIV/AIDS status and those who do not

Serai D. Rakgoasi, University of the Witwatersrand

The paper uses data derived from the 2004 Botswana AIDS Impact Survey (BAISII) to compare attitudes towards PLWHA among individuals who have undergone HIV testing and those who have not undergone HIV testing. The results show that HIV testing does have an impact on attitudes towards PLWHA. Having ever tested for HIV was associated with increased odds of expressing positive attitudes towards PLWHA. Among those who tested, it was not important whether such a test was undertaken during the year prior to the survey or not. The timing of the HIV test did not show any discernable influence on attitudes towards PLWHA. However more interesting is the role that being aware of one’s HIV test results, and by extension their HIV status, plays in influencing their attitudes towards PLWHA among individuals who have ever tested for HIV.

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Presented in Session 26: Measuring behaviour change related to HIV infection