Are truckers being over stigmatized as HIV carriers in India? Evidences from behavioral and biological cross-sectional surveys among clients of female sex workers
This paper examines whether truckers have been over-stigmatized as HIV carriers in the country. Data were taken from cross-sectional surveys of clients of female sex workers conducted in 2006–2007 in 12 districts of the country. A total 4822 clients of female sex workers were covered in the survey. Low-income skilled/semi-skilled men, including non-agricultural/casual labor, and petty businessmen/small shop owners, have the largest share in the clients’ population. There was no significant difference between truckers and other sub-group of clients’ population in terms of consistent condom use with female sex workers and prevalence of HIV or STI. These evidences suggest that the contribution of truckers in HIV epidemic in India might to similar to other sub-groups of clients’ population. Thus, truckers might have been over-stigmatized as HIV carriers in the country. However, there is no doubt that truckers constitute an extremely important target group for the HIV prevention programs and these efforts must be continued to prevent new HIV infections in the country.
Sahu, Damodar, Sowmya Ramesh, Ram Manohar Mishra, K. Srikanth Reddy, Reena Bharadwaj, Niranjan Saggurti, Arvind Pandey, Mandar Mainkar, and Bitra George. 2015. "Are truckers being over stigmatized as HIV carriers in India? Evidences from behavioral and biological cross-sectional surveys among clients of female sex workers," Open Journal of Preventive Medicine 5(3): 85–91.