The role of gender in the spread of HIV and AIDS among farmworkers in South Africa

Show simple item record Klaas, Ntombifikile E. Thupayagale-Tshweneagae, Gloria Makua, Thuledi P. 2019-07-11T16:15:23Z 2019-07-11T16:15:23Z 2018-11-08
dc.identifier.citation Klaas NE, Thupayagale- Tshweneagae G, Makua TP. The role of gender in the spread of HIV and AIDS among farmworkers in South Africa. Afr J Prm Health Care Fam Med. 2018;10(1), a1668. 10.4102/phcfm.v10i1.1668 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2071-2936
dc.identifier.issn 2071-2928
dc.description.abstract Background: Gender inequality and men’s perceived sexual and economic superiority over women are central to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. The farming community in which the participants in the study live operates along such patriarchal lines, with the men making the important decisions for their families. Aim: To explore and describe the role of gender in the spread of HIV and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) among farmworkers in South Africa. Setting: The study was conducted in the Levubu farms, Vhembe district, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Methods: The researchers adopted a qualitative, explorative and descriptive research design with in-depth semi-structured interviews. Purposive and convenience sampling methods were used to select participants who met the inclusion criteria. Data collected were thematically analysed using Creswell’s data analysis method. Lincoln and Guba’s model to ensure trustworthiness and ethical standards were applied. Results: The findings of the study clearly indicated that powerlessness and lack of decision- making by female farmworkers was common as female farmworkers were dependent on their male partners to make decisions in the workplace as well as decisions regarding sexual matters in a relationship. Conclusion: The main conclusion drawn from the findings were that farmworkers are continuously exposed to exploitation and disempowerment in a variety of ways with very little support from their supervisors, which makes them vulnerable to contracting HIV. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine en_US
dc.title The role of gender in the spread of HIV and AIDS among farmworkers in South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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