Experiences and perceptions of HIV/AIDS and sex among people with disabilities in Windhoek, Namibia

  • Van Rooy G
  • Mufune P
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the experiences of people with disabilities (PWD) with regard to issues of sexuality and HIV/AIDS. More specifically, we investigate how PWD perceive social and sexual relationships, how they experience sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care including HIV/AIDS. This study relied on key informant (5) interviews and focused group interviews (FGDs). The three FGDs consisted of midlevel to senior officials (5), females with disabilities (5) and a mixed group of males and females with disabilities (12). The study supports the view that PWD experience differential treatment within extended families. The public has negative attitudes towards PWD who engage in sex in general and female PWD who fall pregnant particularly. It largely supports the literature that PWD are at great risk of physical and sexual abuse and are often denied reproductive rights. It points to the difficulties PWD find with HIV/AIDS education as a lot of the materials is not wri)

Author-supplied keywords

  • HIV/AIDS
  • People with disabilities
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Sexuality
  • Windhoek, Namibia

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