The health care sector in Egypt is a major source of stigma and discrimination against those living with HIV, making it harder for them to access care, according to research published by the Ford Foundation and reported by PlusNews. Researchers found that denial of care, breach of confidentiality, non-consensual testing, poor quality of care, and gossip and blame were a routine part of the health care environment in Egypt. As a result, many of the 11,000 Egyptians with HIV would rather suffer through health problems than access health services. Researchers recommended health care professionals undergo infection control and medical ethics programs.

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