Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding HIV sero-positivity in the workplace

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. E. Wolff en_US
dc.contributor.author Pirie, Michelle Karen
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-28T13:25:34Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-28T13:25:34Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-28
dc.date.submitted 1997
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6790
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract AIDS, the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, has become a serious public health concern in most cities in countries worldwide. Since the discovery of AIDS there have been impressive advances in the understanding of the AIDS virus, its routes of transmission and its methods of prevention. But even these hard-won-discoveries have not yet led to a drug that can cure this deadly disease or to a vaccine that can prevent it. In the light of this it would appear that a different approach to the management of AIDS is currently of utmost necessity. AIDS can be prevented by empowering individuals with the knowledge of AIDS transmission and prevention, thereby eliminating their ignorance and increasing their understanding, empathy and compassion for those currently involved in dealing with this struggle. The implications of AIDS and the HI-virus (human immunodeficiency virus) range far beyond the AIDS/HIV patients themselves. The affects of HIV and AIDS are felt by family members, partners and friends whose relationships are placed under immense strain, co-workers who are confronted with their own fear and compassion and by those at high risk for the disorder who are continually faced with ridicule and discrimination. This study focused specifically on the workforce of South Africa whose economic productivity is essential for South Africa's continual development and existence. In the absence of a fully developed and integrated social infrastructure, South Africa is reliant on its workforce for its monetary contribution in support of the unemployed, underprivileged, disabled and desolate of this country. The aim of this study was to obtain a better level of understanding of the workforce's knowledge regarding HIV and AIDS, to become aware of misunderstandings and myths which could hamper prevention and to review current methods of public education in order to enhance future methods of knowledge empowerment. A healthy workforce can constitute a strong support network, and thereby not place further strain on an already overwhelmed economy and government. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject AIDS (Disease) - Research - South Africa. en_US
dc.subject HIV-positive persons - Research - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Employee health promotion - Research - South Africa en_US
dc.subject AIDS (Disease) - Social aspects - Research - South Africa en_US
dc.title Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding HIV sero-positivity in the workplace en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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