Journal of
AIDS and HIV Research

  • Abbreviation: J. AIDS HIV Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2359
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAHR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 274

Full Length Research Paper

Healthcare providers’ (HCPs) attitude towards older adults with HIV and AIDS in Botswana

Njoku Ola Ama*
  • Njoku Ola Ama*
  • Department of Statistics, University of Botswana, Botswana.
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Sheila Shaibu
  • Sheila Shaibu
  • School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Botswana, Botswana
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Denise Burnette
  • Denise Burnette
  • Columbia University School of Social Work, USA.
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  •  Received: 11 August 2016
  •  Accepted: 19 September 2016
  •  Published: 30 November 2016


This study obtained the views of a random sample of 164 healthcare practitioners on their attitudes to older adults with HIV and AIDS. It shows that although the knowledge of protective measures to avoid HIV infection, mode of transmission and stigmatization are high among the healthcare providers (HCPs), yet the majority of them (76.2% of medical officers, 80.4% of nurses and 93.3% of others) are aware of discrimination against people living with HIV (PLHIV). Attitudes of HCPs to older adults with HIV with respect to quality of life, tolerance, education and training, support and treatment of PLHIV are positive, but they significantly differ on issues of blame and sexual attitude of the PLHIV. There is very little engagement between the HCPs and the older adults on their sexual characteristics which can be attributed to the low literacy of the PLHIV. The study recommends appropriate education and counselling, more awareness creation of HIV, its mode of infection, prevention and treatment among HCPs, to eliminate the fears associated with HIV and AIDS. Health facility policies and stringent laws against discrimination need to be put in place.

Key words: People living with HIV (PLHIV), healthcare providers, attitude, older adults, HIV, AIDS