n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - People's perception regarding HIV / AIDS prevention : a case study of a rural community in South Africa : health issues

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


This study explores the cultural beliefs, behaviours and practices related to HIV / AIDS in a rural community in South Africa. The study was carried out in Khutsong, a rural community in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. An interview guide was used to conduct brainstorming sessions. For the purpose of data collect ion, three heterogeneous groups were formed and each group was interviewed separately over a period of three days. The discussion focused on the perception of the groups regarding the prevent ion of HIV / AIDS with specific reference to socio-cultural factors. Data collected were analyzed descriptively by using the Tesch's method of descriptive analysis. Regarding the prevention of HIV / AIDS, the respondents perceived that the fol lowing factors should be considered : gender inequality, denial, stereotype, initiation rites, multiple sex partners, polygamous marriage, confidentiality, prostitution, poverty, unemployment, migrant labour, education about condom use and the role of traditional healers in HIV / AIDS management. Based on the results, the study concludes that several factors should be taken into consideration for the success of any programme designed for the prevention of HIV / AIDS.

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