ERIC Number: EJ865873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
Male Youth and Voluntary Counseling and HIV-Testing: The Case of Malawi and Uganda
Izugbara, Chimaraoke O.; Undie, Chi-Chi; Mudege, Netsayi N.; Ezeh, Alex C.
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v9 n3 p243-259 Aug 2009
There is limited research addressing the beliefs of adolescents related to Voluntary Counseling and HIV-Testing (VCT). This paper analyzes qualitative data on such beliefs elicited from male youth in Uganda and Malawi. Although study participants understood the mainstream public health rhetoric on VCT, much of their narratives framed going for HIV testing in terms of danger, as a sign of lack of self-confidence, and as an acknowledgment of vulnerability. This tendency, we contend, is strongly rooted in the inclination of male youth to perform and validate their identities in gestures of self-certitude, imperviousness, invulnerability, and invincibility. Further, the idea of "not wanting to die alone" from AIDS also featured prominently in the narratives, with many respondents declaring that they would deliberately infect others with HIV should they test positive. Key to freeing young people from the shackles of consternation and misconceptions about VCT and HIV is comprehensive HIV education.
Descriptors: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Public Health, Foreign Countries, Youth, Misconceptions, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Counseling, Screening Tests, Males, Adolescents, Beliefs, Masculinity, Social Attitudes, Sex Role, Personal Narratives, Focus Groups, Knowledge Level, Sexuality
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Malawi; Uganda