Demographic and Lifestyle Determinants of the HIV Serostatus of Construction Workers.

Bowen, P, Govender, R, Edwards, P and Cattell, K 2016, 'Demographic and Lifestyle Determinants of the HIV Serostatus of Construction Workers.', in P W Chan and C J Neilson (Eds.) Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Manchester, United Kingdom, 5-7 September 2016, pp. 547-556.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Demographic and Lifestyle Determinants of the HIV Serostatus of Construction Workers.
Author(s) Bowen, P
Govender, R
Edwards, P
Cattell, K
Year 2016
Conference name 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference 2016
Conference location Manchester, United Kingdom
Conference dates 5-7 September 2016
Proceedings title P W Chan and C J Neilson (Eds.) Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference, Association of Researchers in Construction Management
Publisher Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Place of publication United Kingdom
Start page 547
End page 556
Total pages 10
Abstract Testing for HIV/AIDS is essential for determining HIV serostatus and initiating subsequent treatment for those found to be infected. Construction workers are regarded as a high-risk group in the context of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa. Factors associated with the HIV+ serostatus of construction workers are thus important. A self administered questionnaire survey of 512 construction workers in the Western Cape explored this issue and found that HIV+ workers have poorer education levels and lower AIDS-related knowledge than non-infected workers. However, contrary to claims in the literature, lifestyle factors, while inter-related to some extent, were not found to be significant correlates of serostatus. More active, and more carefully directed, awareness, counselling and testing campaigns are advocated for construction companies as part of their HIV intervention management policies. Imparting appropriate AIDS-related knowledge and lifestyle advice at a much earlier point in school curricula is also recommended.
Subjects Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Construction workers
HIV serostatus
determinants
South Africa
ISBN 9780995546301
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