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Title:Sexuality of the aged and people with disability: challenging popular folkways
Authors:Owusu, Adobea YaaISNI
Anarfi, John KwasiISNI
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Geographic term:Ghana
people with disabilities
public opinion
Abstract:The objectives of this study are to generate information on society's expectations of and views on the sexual expression of aged persons (from 65 years onward) and persons with disabilities (PWDs); investigate the sexual expression and related experiences of these persons, if any; and assess the implications of the findings for HIV and AIDS prevention and control. The study shows that Ghanaian society perceives sexual yearnings and expression in both the aged and PWDs as normal. These views are corroborated by the aged and PWDs who were interviewed. Additionally, the interviewees say it is acceptable for aged males to have multiple sexual partners. Yet, the respondents discriminate against the sexual expression of aged females. With respect to male PWDs, it was found that society in general discriminates against their expressing their sexuality. All PWDs interviewed revealed that they had been engaging in sexual behaviour which is unsafe with respect to HIV and AIDS. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]