n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - The stigmatisation of children affected by HIV and AIDS in a Gauteng township area




AIDS-related stigmatisation can significantly undermine the wellbeing of the children of people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) in South Africa. This study examined the stigmatisation of a group of children affected by HIV and AIDS in the East Rand region, in Gauteng, South Africa, as viewed by HIV and AIDS community home-based caregivers. Semi-structured focus group discussions with 18 HIV and AIDS community home-based caregivers (two groups with nine members each) were conducted. The results revealed that stigmatisation remains a pervasive experience in the lives of the children of PLWHA.


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