SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.73 número1The role of a mentor for boys during their transition phase from late middle childhood to adolescenceCombat organ trafficking - reward the donor or regulate sales índice de autoresíndice de assuntospesquisa de artigos
Home Pagelista alfabética de periódicos  

Serviços Personalizados



Links relacionados

  • Em processo de indexaçãoCitado por Google
  • Em processo de indexaçãoSimilares em Google



versão On-line ISSN 2304-8557
versão impressa ISSN 0023-270X


BEYERS, C.  e  KOTZE, C.. Contribution of stigmatisation and discrimination against HIV-positive adolescents to the occurance of the HIV and AIDS pandemic. Koers (Online) [online]. 2008, vol.73, n.1, pp.55-74. ISSN 2304-8557.

Although researchers all over the world study ways to curb the HIV and AIDS pandemic, the disease seems to be flourishing in sub-Saharan Africa. Many and varied reasons can be given for the apparently limited success of prevention programmes. This article focuses on stigma and discrimination as contributing factors, and reports on research undertaken to explore perceptions and attitudes towards adolescents who are HIV-positive. The experiences of these adolescents are also described. HIVpositive adolescents were selected in a focused way for individual interviews; parents, teachers and members of the community were selected randomly for focus group interviews. Data analysis revealed that stigma and discrimination are still very much a part of the everyday experiences of HIV-positive adolescents, and that people still harbour the misconception that the infection can be spread through normal interaction, despite information to the contrary. Results were presented after a brief discussion of stigma in general and specifically in the HIV and AIDS context. Characteristics of adolescents that render them especially vulnerable to infection are also presented. In conclusion some suggestions are made with regard to intervention and prevention programmes.

Palavras-chave : adolescent isolation; adolescent; prejudice; HIV and AIDS; discrimination; HIV and AIDS; stigma.

        · resumo em Africaner     · texto em Africaner     · Africaner ( pdf )


Creative Commons License Todo o conteúdo deste periódico, exceto onde está identificado, está licenciado sob uma Licença Creative Commons