Perceptions of educators of Deaf and hard-of-hearing adolescents of HIV-risk factors for these youths

Perceptions of educators of Deaf and hard-of-hearing adolescents of HIV-risk factors for these youths

Author: 
Mall, Sumaya
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2012
Record type: 
Responsibility: 
Swartz, Leslie, jt. author
Journal Title: 
African Journal of AIDS Research
Source: 
African Journal of AIDS Research, Vol. 11, Issue 4, December 2012, pp. 343-348
Abstract: 

Like the general population in South Africa, adolescents with deafness or who are hard-of-hearing may be vulnerable to HIV infection. They are exposed to all known risk factors for HIV infection. Educators who work in schools for Deaf (meaning culturally deaf) and hard-of-hearing adolescents can provide valuable information about HIV-risk factors for these youths. We conducted 21 in-depth interviews and two focus group discussions with educators of Deaf and hard-of-hearing adolescents in six schools in two provinces of South Africa. We explored the participants’ perceptions of the HIV-risk factors to which their learners are exposed. The educators were aware of the adolescents’ vulnerability to HIV infection. All the participants believed that Deaf and hard-of-hearing adolescents are at risk of contracting HIV due to vulnerability to sexual abuse and higher-risk sexual behaviour. The participants were aware of substance abuse patterns, such as excessive alcohol use or recreational drug use, among their learners. Adolescence is a vulnerable period, and adolescents who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing are likewise exposed to the risk of HIV infection.

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CITATION: Mall, Sumaya. Perceptions of educators of Deaf and hard-of-hearing adolescents of HIV-risk factors for these youths . : Taylor & Francis , 2012. African Journal of AIDS Research, Vol. 11, Issue 4, December 2012, pp. 343-348 - Available at: http://library.au.int/perceptions-educators-deaf-and-hard-hearing-adolescents-hiv-risk-factors-these-youths-4