HIV/AIDS and Society in South Africa / Papa Saint Molakeng

Real, November 2008

This book explores the effects of HIV/AIDS on the social, cultural and political lives of South Africans.

One chapter looks at how HIV/AIDS affects the education sector. About 13% educators are HIV-positive, which equals more than 45 000 people.

Research revealed the following majorities about these HIV-positive people: black rural teachers, especially women, in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga particularly aged between 25-29. Since student educators are 8% HIV-positive, there is concern about the future of education.

The HIV/AIDS extent within the SA National Defence Force endangers the combat readiness among soldiers.

"The soldiers' heightened susceptibility suggest that soldiers are likely to have almost two to five higher rates of HIV than civilian counterparts", writes one contributor.

Another contributor says of children whose parents die of HIV/AIDS: "The illness and death of a caregiver may result in children experiencing growing poverty and its correlates: the loss of parental affection stigma and personal and material losses."

Rural areas are severely affected because agricultural production cannot "withstand the loss of incomes and labour".

Other chapters look at HIV/AIDS in relation to prisons, the Treatment Action Campaign activism, state development agendas, the United Nations role, and global human security.

Papa Saint Molakeng

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