Barcelona 2013
Barcelona 2013
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Abstract #229  -  Educational Challenges
  35.6: Educational Challenges (Parallel) on Tuesday @ 14.30-16.00 in Auditorium Chaired by
  Presenting Author:   Dr Poul Rohleder - Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom
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More than 1 billion people worldwide live with a disability (WHO, 2011). Yet, people with disabilities have until fairly recently been largely excluded from general HIV prevention work. We know relatively little about how HIV affects people with disabilities. This paper draws on findings from a series of studies investigating the various attitudinal and structural barriers faced by people with disabilities may affect their access to HIV education and prevention, as well as HIV treatment and care.
Method / Issue:
A literature review of the published literature was conducted. The paper also draws on results from a survey questionnaire, which was administered to a total sample of 285 disabled people in South Africa, representing all types of disabilities. The questionnaire included items about HIV knowledge, attitudes and behaviour, and access to HIV information and testing.
Results / Comments:
There is a paucity of literature on HIV and people with disabilities, with very little known about HIV prevalence among people with disabilities. The emerging evidence suggests that people with disabilities are as equally at risk for HIV infection as the general population. The results of the survey study show poorer knowledge and high levels of risky sexual behaviour for people with disabilities relative to non-disabled people. Gender and level of education were key predictors for access to HIV prevention information.
Much remains unknown about how HIV affects people with disabilities. People with disabilities need to be included in HIV prevalence studies and other research. Recommendations are made for increasing inclusive practice.
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