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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Nkhoeli, Zengiwe Maria Dilahloane
URN etd-12082005-144431
Document Title Atteridgeville prisoners’ experiences of HIV/AIDS pre- and posttest counselling
Degree MA (Counselling Psychology)
Department Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Mr M E Fourie Committee Chair
Prof T M Bakker Committee Co-Chair
  • HIV/AIDS testing
  • pretest counselling
  • posttest counselling
  • prisoners
  • alternative stories
  • experiences
  • narratives
  • prison
Date 2005-04-15
Availability unrestricted
This study focuses on prisoners’ experiences of HIV/AIDS pre-and posttest counselling. The objective of this study was to explore and report on prisoners’ experiences, perceptions and views on HIV/AIDS pre- and posttest counselling. It is a narrative exploratory study which was conducted in the Atteridgeville prison in Pretoria. This work highlights the complexity of the issues involved in HIV/AIDS testing and counselling, and emphasises alternative stories about prison and HIV/AIDS. Such stories include themes like the positive aspects of being HIV-positive and incarcerated; prison as a safe haven; a quest to live despite being an HIV-positive ex-con. The aim was not to interpret the narratives, but rather to share them as they were told. Conclusions suggest that HIV/AIDS testing has a potentially overwhelming psychosocial impact on individuals; it is therefore crucial that proper pre- and posttest counselling accompany the testing procedure.
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