Volume 2

Attitudes Toward AIDS in the Workplace

Michele Consoletti

This study was developed to examine individuals’ attitudes toward HIV positive coworkers. One-hundred and twenty adults, with men and women equally represented, were solicited to complete a survey and respond to events depicted in one of four scenarios. The scenarios varied by sex of the HIV positive character and by occupation. The results indicated that participants reacted with more negative attitudes toward the HIV positive chefs, regardless of character sex. The findings also suggest that men were less knowledgeable regarding HIV transmission, and responded more negatively toward HIV positive individuals than women.

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