Research Critique: Stigmatization of Persons with HIV/AIDS in Saudi Arabia by Abdallah Badahdah

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Research Critique: Stigmatization of Persons with HIV/AIDS in Saudi Arabia by Abdallah Badahdah The research study, "Stigmatization of Persons with HIV/AIDS in Saudi Arabia" by Abdallah Badahdah is a significant contribution to HIV/AIDS-related literature focusing on the Middle Eastern and North African region (MENA). The study is invaluable in that it does not only contribute to the literature on knowledge and attitudes on HIV/AIDS, but also in providing logistical or methodological insights in conducting research studies in the MENA region. The study's specific focus is in Saudi Arabia, a country known for its being ultra-conservative when discussing sensitive issues such as sex and HIV/AIDS. Moreover, researchers are not only confronted with the challenge of actually exploring these kinds of sensitive issues, they also needed to deal with the fact that they may not be able to reach critical groups such as women and homosexuals in a society that treats men and women differently and does not acknowledge the existence of homosexuality and homosexuals. Considering these limitations in conducting research in the MENA region, it is critical to begin the critical analysis of the study through one of the most important and ethical aspects of conducting research: protection of human participants. In the case of Badahdah's study, the respondent group surveyed consisted of 162 Saudi male college students located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The researcher provided the respondents

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