oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - An analysis of coverage of HIV/AIDS in popular South African newspapers

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1433-0237



The aim of the study is to investigate AIDS coverage in five national newspapers in South Africa from 1998 to 2001. In retrieving the newspaper articles, Internet Sabinet online was used as the main tool. In all, 418 articles were retrieved of which 100 were excluded following exclusion criteria. Using content analysis the following themes emerged' from the data: definitions and nomenclature, trends and statistics, prevention, education and awareness, transmission method, symptoms, treatment modalities, policy and economics, politics, discrimination and fears, celebrity portrayals, other STDs, churches and HIV, care and support, and testing and. counselling. Coverage of AIDS across the years has increased more especially on policy and economics, treatment modalities and care and support.

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