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Exploring sexual practices of South African soldiers to determine their vulnerability to the human immune-deficiency virus

Angela De Jong, Deléne Visser
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 32, No 3 | a432 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v32i3.432 | © 2006 Angela De Jong, Deléne Visser | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 April 2006 | Published: 23 April 2006

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Angela De Jong, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Deléne Visser, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Abstract

Although HIV occurs in all social groups in South African society, certain populations are more vulnerable to HIV through risky behaviour patterns. Of relevance to the present study are the high risk situations that deployed soldiers are exposed to. Three issues indicated the necessity for a study of this kind to be conducted; (a) the statistics pointing to a higher incidence of HIV infections among military personnel than among the general population, (b) military personnel’s unique vulnerability profile, and (c) the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) increasing participation in international peacekeeping missions. The knowledge, attitudes and practices concerning HIV/AIDS of deployed soldiers were analysed. Results indicated that soldiers were taking sexual risks, although they had high levels of knowledge and had healthy attitudes concerning HIV/AIDS.

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Deployment of soldiers; HIV/AIDS vulnerability; Risk-taking sexual behaviour

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