Men who have sex with men (MSM) who use alcohol and substance use are marginalized, undertreated, and understudied population. Little has been studied on the attitudes, beliefs of healthcare providers that provide care and further impact the stigma for the MSM population.
A provider perception inventory (PPI) has been developed through a mixed method to explore healthcare providers’ stigma toward HIV, substance use and MSM behaviour. The PPI is a 39-item scale, and it was developed from an existing scale and focus group involving HIV and substance use providers.
The questionnaire in the scale explores individual attitudes and environment of the organization. Evaluation of the findings from the scale indicate support for the use of the PPI to measure healthcare providers’ stigma towards HIV/AIDS, substance use and MSM sexual behavior and identity.