Original Articles

Inequalities in access to healthcare services among people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria

Published in: African Journal of AIDS Research
Volume 12, issue 2, 2013 , pages: 85–94
DOI: 10.2989/16085906.2013.851718
Author(s): Adeniyi OlaleyeEconomics Department, Nigeria, Fidelis OgwumikeEconomics Department, Nigeria, Olanrewaju OlaniyanEconomics Department, Nigeria


The study investigated the magnitude of social inequities in access to subsidised healthcare services among people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) in Nigeria. Structured interviews were conducted with 1 056 PLWHA selected from 60 community based support groups in 12 local government areas across 3 Nigerian states and the federal capital territory, using a multi-stage cluster sampling method. Data were collected on socio-economic characteristics of the respondents; awareness about location of health facilities; current health status; distance to facilities; and utilisation and expenditure on healthcare. The socio-economic characteristics of the respondents were used to compare their level of access to healthcare services from antiretroviral therapy (ART) sites and government hospitals.

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