HIV Testing in South Africa Difficult Due to Stigma, NPR’s ‘Weekend Edition Saturday’ Reports
In South Africa, where "treatment [for HIV] is unlikely," HIV/AIDS counselors are having difficulty convincing women to be tested for the virus, NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday" reports. Women would have to first acknowledge that they may have been exposed to the virus, which "is not easy when AIDS carries an enormous stigma." NPR's Brenda Wilson reports from rural South Africa, where an HIV counselor "labors against social conventions in which most women have little control over their lives, are constrained by sexual inhibitions, economic dependency on men and strict ideas of what a woman should be" (Wilson, "Weekend Edition Saturday," NPR, 3/30). A RealAudio archive of the report is available online.This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.