Future healthcare professionals are an important group for interventions to eliminate HIV stigma in the health workforce. Researchers examined HIV stigma and its relationship with healthcare discipline, HIV knowledge, and religiosity among nursing, medical, and midwifery students (N = 505) in three regions of Indonesia. In a multivariable linear model, higher HIV stigma was associated with male sex, lower levels of income and HIV knowledge, and higher levels of religiosity. An interaction of healthcare discipline and province was also significant. Medical students in Jakarta had higher predicted stigma scores compared to nursing students in Jakarta and compared to medical students in other provinces. Nursing students in Papua had lower predicted stigma scores compared to medical and midwifery students in Papua and compared to nursing students elsewhere. Strategies to reduce HIV stigma in the Indonesian health workforce should include a strong focus on pre-clinical educational settings and consider public nursing institutions as providing possible best practice models.
|Journal||AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2021|
- healthcare education
- healthcare providers
- HIV stigma
- men who have sex with men