oa Alternation - Stigma and HIV/AIDS discourse in Zimbabwe

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The HIV/AIDS pandemic looms larger in Africa than anywhere else in the world (McFadden 1992:190). Denial, stigma and discrimination against those infected by HIV/AIDS are some of the factors fuelling the spread of HIV/AIDS. Stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS denies them basic human rights to dignity. Discussion of AIDS is still taboo in most African societies essentially because of its relationship with the sexual act (McFadden 1992:157-158). In Zimbabwe the subject of HIV/AIDS remains shrouded in mystery and is regarded as taboo. This bars open dialogue on the subject as the following examination of the Shona language suggests.

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