Center For Health Policies and Studies

Tuberculosis in Moldova: Knowledge, Attitude and Practice in General Population, 2012

7/13/2013 11:31 PM

Despite the fact that tuberculosis is quite known and spread, it is a stigmatizing disease in the Moldovan society, and is linked with moral prejudices, especially in rural areas, among elder people, population with lower education levels and persons with lower socio-economic status. Every fourth person considers that it is a shame to have tuberculosis and slightly more than a half of the respondents (56%) think that persons with tuberculosis would not disclose their TB status. The main reason is the fear of being avoided by community (both at work and in the community of friends, relatives and acquaintances). The majority of respondents believe that people change their attitudes towards persons who have tuberculosis (59%), and commonly try to avoid them (77%).