n South African Journal of Higher Education - HIV/AIDS workplace policies in Eastern Cape tertiary institutions




Two descriptive studies were conducted to determine whether there are any workplace policies to deal with personnel having high risk exposure to Human Immunodeficiency virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and dealing with People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and employee benefits among tertiary institutions in the Eastern Cape. Study 1 involved a purposive sample of 136 institutional representatives across 14 tertiary institutions, with whom 14 group interviews were conducted. Study 2 involved a proportionate sample of 872 academic and support staff in eight randomly selected tertiary institutions who completed a structured questionnaire. Study 1 revealed that 57.1 per cent of all tertiary institutions had an HIV/AIDS policy and that generally universities' and technikons' policies complied with the minimum criteria compared to Further Education and Training (FET) colleges. Study 2 revealed that employees generally had a receptive attitude towards HIV/AIDS policies in their institutions.


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