Stigmatization as Correlate of Disposition to Utilization of Hiv/Aids Services Among Students in Tertiary Institution in Calabar Metropolis
This study investigated stigmatization as correlate to utilization of HIV/AIDS services among students in tertiary institutions in Calabar metropolis. Three hypotheses were postulated to guide the study. Literature related to the variables was reviewed accordingly. Survey research design was adopted for the study. Sample of two hundred (200) students were utilized for the study using stratified random and convenience sampling techniques. Structured questionnaire designed by the researchers was the main instrument used for data collection. The instrument was subjected to validation by experts in relevant fields. The reliability estimate of the instrument was established through the test re-test reliability method. To test the hypotheses, Pearson Product Moment Correlation Analysis was adopted. The hypotheses were tested at .05 level of significance. The result of the analysis revealed that stigmatization significantly relate with disposition to utilization of HIV counseling services, HIV test/screening services and adherence to HIV treatment among tertiary institution students in Calabar Metropolis. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended that government and nongovernmental agencies should embark on public enlightenment campaign to educate the public on the need for VCT utilization.
Keywords: Stigmatization, Correlate, Disposition, Utilization HIV/AIDS