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Title:Experiences of work among people with disabilities who are HIV-positive in Zambia
Editor:Njelesani, Janet
Periodical:African Journal of AIDS Research (ISSN 1727-9445)
Geographic term:Zambia
people with disabilities
External link:https://doi.org/10.2989/16085906.2015.1016985
Abstract:This paper focuses on accounts of how having a disability and being HIV-positive influences experiences of work among 21 people (12 women, 9 men) in Lusaka, Zambia. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted in English, Bemba, Nyanja, or Zambian sign language. Descriptive and thematic analyses were conducted. Three major themes were generated. The first, a triple burden, describes the burden of having a disability, being HIV-positive, and being unemployed. The second theme, disability and HIV is not inability, describes participants' desire for work and their resistance to being regarded as objects of charity. Finally, how work influences HIV management, describes the practicalities of working and living with HIV. Together these themes highlight the limited options available to persons with disabilities with HIV in Lusaka, not only secondary to the effects of HIV influencing their physical capacity to work, but also because of the attendant social stigma of being a person with a disability and HIV-positive. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]