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Risk of HIV/AIDS among deaf adolescent school children in Uganda: A case study of Kampala School for the Deaf (KSD)

James Kakooza, Makerere Institute of Social Research

This paper presents findings of an HIV/AIDS vulnerability study with obvious discrimination, being at risk of rape or violence, leading to the deaf being given little or no attention in terms of intervention as problems motivating the study. The study targeted deaf adolescent school children because they were considered to have a double problem of deafness and adolescence. A total of 39 deaf adolescent children, 6 teachers and 14 parents were interviewed. IDIs and FGDs were used to collect data which was qualitatively analysed using content analysis techniques. Findings revealed that; having more than one sexual partner, vulnerability to violence, rape and sexual abuse are key agents of HIV/AIDS risks to the deaf adolescent school children. The paper concludes that HIV/AIDS risk among the deaf adolescent school children is severe. As a remedy, the paper suggests targeting adolescents for awareness campaigns, intervention programmes, research and enabling policies.

Presented in Poster Session 2