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Learners’ knowledge and and perceptions of voluntary Counselling and Testing for HIV and AIDS in the Free State Province

Y. Botma, Z.D. Motiki, M.C. Viljoen
Curationis | Vol 30, No 2 | a1073 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v30i2.1073 | © 2007 Y. Botma, Z.D. Motiki, M.C. Viljoen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2007 | Published: 28 September 2007

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Y. Botma, School of Nursing, University of the Free State, South Africa
Z.D. Motiki, School of Nursing, University of the Free State, South Africa
M.C. Viljoen, School of Nursing, University of the Free State, South Africa

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Abstract

The study investigated the perceptions of the youth regarding Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) and sexual aspects related to HIV and AIDS. The study was grounded in qualitative methodology, using 4 focus group interviews for data collection - triangulating the results with field notes and literature. The participants of the four focus groups proved to be well informed on the topic and had clear perceptions concerning several aspects. They were very positive regarding the advantages of VCT for the prevention and management of HIV and AIDS. The participants recognised the need for the youth to be better informed about VCT and HIV and AIDS. They were much concerned by the lack of parental involvement in sexual education as well as the permissiveness of the youth who partook in alcohol and drug abuse as well as prostitution. Participants of the study stated that this problem was exacerbated by poverty and poor socio economic conditions.

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