HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination in South Africa – still a problem

Keikotlhae Gomolemo Koodibetse


Awareness of global health issues is most effectively raised through global campaigns. In 2002 - 2003, the World AIDS Campaign adopted the theme ‘Live and Let Live: Stigma and Discrimination’ to address various hostile determinants powering HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination (S&D). Among the effects of HIV/AIDS-related S&D are blame, denial, and difficulties in adhering to treatment. While campaigns raise awareness of global health issues, it was HIV/AIDS that propelled global crusades for advocacy and mobilisation. HIV/AIDS S&D demanded a robust response at all levels of society, as efforts against HIV/AIDS were becoming futile. The various determinants of S&D should be placed in context to address the root causes that are specific to a particular nation or community. Otherwise, campaigns will come and go without a positive impact. 

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Keikotlhae Gomolemo Koodibetse, Fullbright Scholar, Ohio University, USA

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HIV, AIDS, Interventions, PLWHA, Stigma, Discrimination

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(9):703. DOI:10.7196/SAMJnew.7811

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Date submitted: 2015-02-16
Date published: 2015-09-14

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