Sierra Leone

The People Living with HIV Stigma Index in Sierra Leone was conducted in 2015.
The People Living with HIV Stigma Index Report is published by the Network of HIV Positives in Sierra Leone.

A total number of 577 PLHIV were interviewed, 70 percent of whom were females and 30 percent of whom were males.
 There was a low level of formal education among the respondents; more than 70 percent of respondents received either no formal education or only primary school education.

Thirty-four percent of those surveyed were between the ages of 30 to 39; the largest portion of male respondents (36 percent) was between 40 and 49 while the largest portion of female respondents (36 percent) was between 30 and 39. Only 3 percent of respondents were under the age of 20.

More than half of the respondents (57 percent) reported themselves as being married or in a cohabiting relationship; the next highest grouping is the respondents who report being single (15 percent), then those who report being widowed (14 percent). Seventy-six percent of males reported being married while 8 percent reported being single. Fifty percent of females report being married while 18 percent reported being single. Within the relationships reported, 33 percent report being in the relationship for a period between 1 to 4 years; more females (37 percent) fall into this category than males (26 percent).

Eighty-two percent of respondents reported being sexually active; 91 percent of males and 78 percent of females report being sexually active.

The report is provided here.