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Overcoming cultural barriers and disclosures in the African community.


Int Conf AIDS. 1998;12:1003 (abstract no. 60006). Unique Identifier :

ISSUE: To educate the need for disclosure of HIV status and how to go about it. PROJECT: Due to the growing rate of infection and deaths in the African community, which is directly related to the reluctance of P.H.A.s (People Having AIDS) disclosing their status, a Workshop/Seminar was developed. This 5-day workshop was organized with a large number of ethnic groups. The workshop emphasized the importance of disclosure as a way to get early treatment. It also dispelled many myths about HIV/AIDS while addressing the need to overcome the cultural barriers that encourage stigmas. Pamphlets and other education materials relevant to the subject were distributed. RESULTS: The information was well received. Since the workshop, there has been a remarkable increase in the number of African PHAs that have stepped forward and disclosed their status. As a result, many are currently now receiving treatment. LESSONS LEARNED: Decline in infection rate leading to decline in death rate of the African people is possible if the effort towards education is intensified in the area of disclosure and cultural barriers.

MEETING ABSTRACTS Blacks/*PSYCHOLOGY Canada Health Education Human HIV Infections/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/PSYCHOLOGY/TRANSMISSION Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice *Prejudice *Truth Disclosure


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