Attitudes toward HIV/AIDS among Zambian High School Students

Douglas A. Feldman, Ndashi W. Chitalu, Peggy O'Hara Murdock, Ganapati Bhat, Orlando Gómez-Marín, Jeffrey Johnson, Kasonde Mwinga and K. Sridutt Baboo

in AIDS, Culture, and Africa

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032535
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039305 | DOI:
Attitudes toward HIV/AIDS among Zambian High School Students

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This chapter examines how the stigma of AIDS results in negative attitudes and a lack of empathy toward persons with AIDS among high school students in Zambia. It describes attitudes toward HIV/AIDS and people living with HIV/AIDS among 204 male and female public high school students in Lusaka. The findings reveal that the pervasiveness of AIDS in Zambia has not resulted in a destigmatization of the epidemic and that many people distance themselves from HIV infection by seeing AIDS sufferers as the “other”, making strong moral judgments against those who are infected with the virus.

Keywords: AIDS; stigma; high school students; Zambia; people with HIV/AIDS; moral judgements

Chapter.  8966 words. 

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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