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n Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery - The needs and expectations of staff and students living with HIV and Aids in a South African rural-based university

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1682-5055

Abstract

HIV and Aids are making an impact in institutions of higher education. Studies have revealed that though few students and staff have been recorded as suffering from HIV/Aids, more have become ill and some have died in ways that signal the impact of HIV/Aids. Universities can contribute to addressing the needs and expectations of staff and students living with HIV and Aids. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the preparedness of a South African rural-based university in addressing the needs and expectations of staff and students living with HIV and Aids. A qualitative study design was followed, with one South African rural-based university as the case setting. Qualitative interviews were conducted stemming from the central research question, 'How is the university addressing the needs and expectations of staff and students living with HIV and Aids?' Following an open coding method of data analysis, three themes emerged relating to how the needs and expectations of staff and students living with HIV and Aids were addressed: persistence stigma and discrimination, limited assurance to confidentiality, and inadequate treatment, care and support. Recommendations were made for improvement of service delivery to address the needs and expectations of staff and students living with HIV and Aids and further research should be conducted on a large scale to determine other needs and expectations of staff and students living with HIV and Aids at other South African rural-based universities and how they are addressed.

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2014-01-01
2020-09-29

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