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Table 5 Assessment of communities’ stigma towards TB & TB patients in Shinile town, Somali regional state, eastern Ethiopia from January to May, 2013

From: Community knowledge, attitude, and practices towards tuberculosis in Shinile town, Somali regional state, eastern Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Variables Number (%) of male Number (%) of female Total number (%)
Do you know people who have/had TB?
Yes 123 (59.7) 124 (60.8) 247 (60.2)
No 41 (19.9) 41 (20.1) 82 (20.0)
Don’t know 42 (20.4) 39 (19.1) 81 (19.8)
How is your feeling towards people with TB disease?
“I feel compassion and desire to help.” 88 (42.7) 72 (39.3) 160 (39.0)
“I feel compassion but stay away from them.” 9 (4.4) 15 (7.4) 24 (5.9)
“It is their problem and I cannot get TB.” 1 (0.5) 3 (1.5) 4 (1.0)
“I fear them because they may infect me.” 12 (5.8) 15 (7.4) 27 (6.6)
“I have no particular feeling.” 89 (43.2) 85 (41.7) 174 (42.4)
In your community, how is a person who has TB usually regarded/treated?
Most people reject him or her 9 (4.4) 7 (3.4) 16 (3.9)
Most people are friendly, but they generally try to avoid him or her 11 (5.3) 20 (9.8) 31 (7.6)
Mostly supports and helps him or her 103 (50.0) 109 (53.4) 212 (51.7)
Other (don’t know their feeling, not sure whether they help or not, don’t give special attention, etc.) 75 (36.4) 54 (26.5) 129 (31.5)