Staff and students` perception of an HIV/AIDS` strategy: a case study of a South African rural-based university

Sandy, Peter Thomas ORCID: and Mavhandu-Mudzusi, Azwihangwisi Helen (2014) Staff and students` perception of an HIV/AIDS` strategy: a case study of a South African rural-based university. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 5 (20). pp. 2729-2737. ISSN 2039-9340

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Background: South African communities have high rates of people living with HIV and AIDS. Universities, particularly those in rural regions are examples of communities noted to be high risk areas of these infections. HIV/AIDS strategies were developed and implemented by higher education institutions to address this concern. Despite this, the prevalence and incidence of HIV and AIDS remain high in academic settings. Yet studies in this area in South Africa are rare. Aim: This paper reports on a study that explored the perceptions of students and staff of the HIV/AIDS strategy of a rural-based university in South Africa. Method: Hermeneutic phenomenological methodology was adopted. Data were collected using semi-structured individual interviews (n=12 student, n= 10 staff). The data were analysed thematically using Diekelmann, Allen & Tanner`s (1989) seven-stage framework of data analysis. Results: Three major themes emerged from the data analysis: HIV/AIDS services, management of HIV/AIDS services, and barriers to utilisation of HIV/AIDS services. Conclusion: Staff working in HIV/AIDS service requires training and support to enhance their skills, knowledge and adopt non-discriminatory practices.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n20p2729
Additional Information: Sandy, P. T., & Mavhandu-Mudzusi, A. H. (2014). Staff and Students` Perception of an HIV/AIDS` Strategy: A Case Study of a South African Rural-Based University. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 5(20), 2729. Retrieved from
Keywords: hermeneutic phenomenology, HIV/AIDS strategy, rural-based university, perceptions, South Africa
Subjects: Medicine and health > Clinical medicine > HIV/AIDS epidemiology
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Depositing User: Peter Thomas Sandy
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2022 13:59
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2022 14:10


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