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Aiding intolerance and fear: The nature and extent of AIDS discrimination in South Africa

Discrimination on the basis of HIV/AIDS may take different forms. Marlise Richter provides a practice-based exposition of the nature of HIV/AIDS discrimination in South Africa.

It has arisen, inter alia, in the areas of employment, insurance, access to education, medical aid, privacy, wilful transmission and the adoption of children. The author goes on to explore the extent to which certain groups are more likely to experience AIDS discrimination. These vulnerable groups, it is argued, may be demarcated along lines of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, education level and economic activity. With reference to a case study it is concluded that the laws presently in place do not go far enough to protect those particularly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS discrimination.

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