HIV/AIDS and Deaf Communities in South Africa
The authors extend chapter 9’s discussion to a different world arena, South Africa. They, too, talk about pernicious effects of lack of access to proper health information, particularly regarding sexual behavior. Meletse is an activist — and was the first Deaf African to self-identify as HIV-positive — and Morgan is a linguistic anthropologist. They met in 2000 when he was interviewed for a Deaf culture project and have been colleagues and friends ever since. In South Africa even some outreach workers are misinformed and pass on that misinformation. The social stigma associated with HIV/AIDS leads to secrecy, which compounds the problem. National organizations, including disability ones, do not meet their responsibilities to deaf communities, resulting in an ever-escalating number of cases.
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