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Knowledge levels of mentally disabled persons regarding sexuality and HIV/AIDS

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dc.contributor.advisor Ms. H.F. Ellis en
dc.contributor.author Jafta, Nontuthuzelo Confidence
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-08T07:30:01Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-08T07:30:01Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06-08T07:30:01Z
dc.date.submitted 2009-11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/3320
dc.description M.A. en
dc.description.abstract The study is based on the social model of disability focusing on issues of human rights for people with intellectual disabilities. Disability is defined as the social restriction confronted by people with disabilities living in a society that is not organized to take account of their needs. Disability is not an individual condition but rather an issue of equal opportunities. Self-determination for people with intellectual disability should be respected as it is a central aspect of personal well being based on the understanding that disability is a result of social attitudes, architectural, and legal barriers that confront people with disabilities. The research was aimed at the acquisition of information on the knowledge of people with intellectual disabilities about sexuality and if that knowledge is appropriately linked to HIV and AIDS. The study uses research as a scientific tool that will assist policy makers and programme developers to dispel the myths on issues affecting people with intellectual disabilities. Self-advocacy of people with intellectual disabilities in research was key to the research method that was applied. People with mental retardation, head injury, other or any type of actual or perceived mental or cognitive disability are often marginalized by society. The HIV/AIDS global epidemic has greatly exceeded earlier predictions. About 95% of all people infected are living in developing countries, which have to cope with poverty and health problems. HIV and AIDS prevalence can remain undetected for long periods, particularly in local groupings and settings. HIV remains localized before the epidemic spreads to involve the wider population. These localized groupings can be classified as having no known cases. It is during this period that the proactive interventions should be implemented. It is for these reasons that this study was undertaken to address HIV and AIDS among the grouping of people with intellectual disabilities. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject People with disabilities en
dc.subject People with mental disabilities en
dc.subject AIDS (Disease) en
dc.subject HIV infections en
dc.subject Sexually transmitted diseases en
dc.title Knowledge levels of mentally disabled persons regarding sexuality and HIV/AIDS en
dc.type Thesis en


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