Challenges to providing HIV prevention education to youth with disabilities in South Africa

Rohleder, Poul, Swartz, Leslie, Schneider, Marguerite and Eide, Arne Henning (2011) Challenges to providing HIV prevention education to youth with disabilities in South Africa. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34 (8). pp. 619-624. ISSN 1464-5165

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Purpose: In South Africa, little is known how HIV prevention education is implemented in schools for learners with disabilities. This article reports on findings from a study exploring the extent to which HIV education is reached to people with disabilities in South Africa, and the challenges faced by educators providing HIV prevention education to learners with disabilities. Method: A survey questionnaire completed by 34 schools for learners with special education needs in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Additional complimentary data were collected through interviews with a total of 21 members of staff at schools for learners with disabilities. Results: Respondents recognise the importance of providing HIV prevention education for people with disabilities. Staff reports some challenges in providing HIV prevention education: barriers to communication; discomfort about issues of sexuality and disability; disagreements among staff about what is appropriate content for sexual health education; and fears of promoting sexual activity. Conclusions: There is a need for HIV prevention education to be specifically customized to the needs of the specific population. A general programme, which is included as part of a general curriculum and generally tailored to “mainstream” schools, would need to be adapted according to specific needs and disabling barriers faced.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Adolescents, health education, HIV/AIDS, HIV prevention, South Africa
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2013 12:03
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2021 14:54

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