Investigation of the Voice of Students Regarding HIV/AIDS in South African Communities

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Students, Higher Education, Culture, Church, Communication

Abstract

The voice of students has been lacking in the majority of research regarding HIV/AIDS. This study investigated students’ voice regarding HIV/AIDS and its impact on their communities in South Africa. Participants were 20 education students from a South African technology education university (female 60%, black 85%; age range from 18 to 24). The participants completed a semi-structured interview on their voice regarding HIV/AIDS and its impact on their communities in South Africa within the context of treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS. Data were thematically analysed. Findings revealed that church leadership was not informed and as a result, could not address the issues of HIV/AIDS regarding their members. The study indicated that people living with HIV/AIDS needed love, support and care and, further, that belief and culture are contributory factors which need to be addressed with the different stakeholders. As a result of these beliefs and culture, individuals with HIV/AIDS experienced discrimination, lack of support and unfair treatment from their families.

Author Biographies

Solomon Makola, Central University of Technology

Campus Director, Central University of Technology (Welkom Campus)

Psychologist in Private Practice

Published author of two books through Unisa Press

Motalenayne Alfred Modise, Central University of Technology (Welkom Campus)

Lecturer (Department of Teacher Education)

Central University of Technology (Welkom Campus)

Published
2020-01-22
Section
Articles