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

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



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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