Issues of Disclosure in Relation to HIV/AIDS: Evidence from the Kwazulu Natal Province
The study aimed to investigate issues of disclosure in relation to HIV and AIDS. Based on the findings of the study, the researcher was able to establish an intervention programme aimed at addressing the barriers associated with HIV disclosure. Using a survey design, data was collected from a sample of 30 respondents consisting of 15 males and 15 female (n=30) that were chosen from the support groups based at one of the Hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal Province. All participants were aware of their HIV status, and had received post-test counselling and had disclosed in their support groups. The results of the study also showed that the established intervention programme by the researcher would help to address the myths that are associated with HIV/AIDS. In every culture, rumours and myths exist about HIV/AIDS based on fear, denial, or misinformation. The study recommends that more research needs to be done in order to give support to people who are HIV-negative to alleviate their fears which may be interpreted as discrimination. Government needs to invest more money in HIV/AIDS research and training programmes for HIV/AIDS counsellors, medical doctors, traditional healers and the communities at large.
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Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences ISSN 2039-9340(Print) ISSN 2039-2117(Online)
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