Behaviours used by HIV-positive adolescents to prevent stigmatization in Botswana
Article first published online: 17 MAY 2010
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International Nursing Review
Volume 57, Issue 2, pages 260–264, June 2010
How to Cite
Thupayagale-Tshweneagae, G. (2010), Behaviours used by HIV-positive adolescents to prevent stigmatization in Botswana. International Nursing Review, 57: 260–264. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2009.00792.x
- Issue published online: 17 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 17 MAY 2010
THUPAYAGALE-TSHWENEAGAE G. (2010) Behaviours used by HIV-positive adolescents to prevent stigmatization in Botswana. International Nursing Review57, 260–264
Background: The increasing numbers of adolescents living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) are a compelling public health issue, and interventions are more likely to be effective if developed from the perspective of those adolescents. Despite the prevalence of HIV in Botswana, stigmatization is a common occurrence.
Aim: The purpose of this paper is to report on the findings of a study undertaken to describe adolescents' perceptions in Botswana on the behaviours that HIV-positive adolescents use in dealing with stigmatization.
Method: Four focus group discussions were held with 18 adolescents.
Findings: Adhering to AIDS therapies, seeking early treatment for common conditions and keeping silent about their diagnosis were the major findings of the study.
Conclusion: The findings have implications for both policy makers and health care practitioners.