The People Living with HIV Stigma Index in The Ukraine was done twice in 2010 and in 2013.
The People Living with HIV Stigma Index 2010
There are more men (55%) than women (45%) among PLWH. Only one interview was self-identified as a transgender. The largest age group is people aged 30-39; the number of respondents in the 25-29 age group is also rather high. There are significantly more men among 30+ interviewees, while the number of women is higher among relatively young respondents.
By marital status, the percentages of respondents were the following: 39% married or cohabiting, 46% single, including divorced, separated and widowed, 15% having partners but not living together with them for various reasons. The vast majority of interviewees (77%) identified themselves as sexually active, many of them being unmarried and even considering themselves to be single.
By the number of persons living together with respondents, households are mostly small (74% include 2 to 4 persons), which is typical for contemporary Ukraine. The share of large (5 to 11 persons) households is 15%. The rest of the interviewees (11%) live alone.
The People Living with HIV Stigma Index 2013
1500 respondents were interviewed in the survey, evenly divided by sex (50% – men, 50% – women).
Comparative analysis of the data obtained shows that people of reproductive and capable of work age (30-39 years old) prevail among interviewed PLWH as it was before. Nevertheless the respondents’ group has “matured” somehow for the last three years, a portion of interviewed PLWH aged 25-29 remains large enough (18%).
The smallest group of PLWH in the survey sampling is aged 15-19 (4 people in total, out of them 1 man and 3 women).
As before, the number of women is higher among relatively young respondents (aged 15-29), while there are significantly more men among 30+ interviewees. Such situation is most likely caused by the
policy of VCT conducted by women’s health clinics when registering pregnant women, most of which are aged under 30-35.
The majority of respondents (66%) have been living with HIV diagnosis from 1 to 9 years. No significant difference by sex was identified.
Almost half of interviewed PLWH (45%) are in registered or common law marriage and live together,
i.e. have a family. A share of single people among PLWH (44%) remains high, including unmarried, and those without a partner, divorced or widowed. A tendency of correlation between interviewees’ marital status and sex remains unchanged. In particular, women more often than men are in official or
common law marriage. While there are more unmarried among men.
The vast majority of interviewed PLWH (79%) are sexually active, as they indicated having sexual contacts for the last 12 months. At that no significant discrepancies by sex were identified (81% among men, 78% among women)
The reports are provided here.