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ERIC Number: EJ963918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0899-9546
Knowledge, Stigma, and Behavioral Outcomes among Antiretroviral Therapy Patients Exposed to Nalamdana's Radio and Theater Program in Tamil Nadu, India
Nambiar, Devaki; Ramakrishnan, Vimala; Kumar, Paresh; Varma, Rajeev; Balaji, Nithya; Rajendran, Jeeva; Jhona, Loretta; Chandrasekar, Chokkalingam; Gere, David
AIDS Education and Prevention, v23 n4 p351-366 Aug 2011
Arts-based programs have improved HIV-related knowledge, attitudes, and behavior in general and at-risk populations. With HIV transformed into a chronic condition, this study compares patients at consecutive stages of receiving antiretroviral treatment, coinciding with exposure to a radio-and-theater-based educational program (unexposed [N = 120], just exposed [N = 77], Exposed a month ago [N = 60]). Exposure was associated with significantly higher HIV-related knowledge (15-20%, all p less than 0.01), lower levels of stigma (2-7% lower, all p less than 0.10), and over four times the adjusted odds of asking doctors questions about HIV (p = 0.07). Higher dose of exposure was associated with lower felt stigma (28% reduction per message recalled), greater odds of consistent condom use (adjusted odds ratio [AOR]: 1.12, p = 0.01), doctor-patient communication (AOR: 1.20, p = 0.003), peer advice-giving (AOR: 1.18, p = 0.03) and HIV-related advocacy (AOR: 2.35, p = 0.07). Similar partnerships between arts-based nongovernmental organizations and government hospitals may improve patient outcomes in HIV treatment settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India