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Health-seeking behaviour of persons with HIV/AIDS in Ghana: prospects for change

Awusabo-Asare, Kofi; Anarfi, John Kwasi

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Historically, diseases whose aetiology could not be readily explained have been given supernatural explanations among the various ethnic groups in Ghana. Now HIV infection, with no known cure and origin, has been given a supernatural explanation. Such an explanation of disease causation influences people’s attitude to the disease and to infected persons, and influences the healthseeking behaviour of infected persons. Data from a study on the Social Dimensions of HIV/AIDS Infection in Ghana are...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorAwusabo-Asare, Kofi
dc.contributor.authorAnarfi, John Kwasi
dc.contributor.editorNtozi, J. P. M.
dc.contributor.editorAnarfi, J. K.
dc.contributor.editorCaldwell, J. C.
dc.contributor.editorJain, S.
dc.date.accessioned2003-03-10
dc.date.accessioned2004-05-19T15:25:19Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-05T08:47:04Z
dc.date.available2004-05-19T15:25:19Z
dc.date.available2011-01-05T08:47:04Z
dc.date.created1997
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/41314
dc.identifier.urihttp://digitalcollections.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/41314
dc.description.abstractHistorically, diseases whose aetiology could not be readily explained have been given supernatural explanations among the various ethnic groups in Ghana. Now HIV infection, with no known cure and origin, has been given a supernatural explanation. Such an explanation of disease causation influences people’s attitude to the disease and to infected persons, and influences the healthseeking behaviour of infected persons. Data from a study on the Social Dimensions of HIV/AIDS Infection in Ghana are used to examine the health-seeking behaviour of some persons with AIDS interviewed in 1992. The paper examines the health care outlets used by infected persons and the reasons for using those outlets. Some HIV-infected persons in Ghana felt that they had been bewitched and, therefore, used multiple health care outlets, either serially or simultaneously, hoping that one of them might provide a cure or relief as well as explain the source of the infection. This is in spite of the continuing educational campaign stating that the disease has no cure. Such attitudes towards the disease and health-seeking behaviour should be considered in the design of programs for infected persons.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherHealth Transition Centre, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University
dc.subjectGhana
dc.subjectHIV/AIDS
dc.subjectHIV persons
dc.subjecthealth-seeking
dc.subjecttreatments
dc.subjectsocial background
dc.titleHealth-seeking behaviour of persons with HIV/AIDS in Ghana: prospects for change
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.refereedno
local.identifier.citationnumbersuppl.
local.identifier.citationpages243-256
local.identifier.citationpublicationHealth Transition Review
local.identifier.citationvolume7
local.identifier.citationyear1997
local.identifier.eprintid914
local.rights.ispublishedyes
dc.date.issued1997
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