Socio-economic characteristics of HIV in a South African prison

Gow, Jeff and Grant, Bligh and Colvin, Mark (2012) Socio-economic characteristics of HIV in a South African prison. International Journal of Business and Management, 7 (5). pp. 31-39. ISSN 1833-3850

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South Africa has placed increased importance on addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic and has identified people in
prisons as one of several high risk groups. Despite this emphasis, respective departments have not pursued the task
of data collection at all vigorously. A sample of 274 volunteer inmates was drawn from the Westville Maximum
Security Prison, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province. A probit model was used and the data analysed to establish
statistically significant risk factors for transmission of HIV and importantly the characteristics of those who are
infected or not infected by HIV. The study found that sero-prevalence rates were significantly higher than the general population, and that the two socio-economic factors correlating to HIV/AIDS were ethnicity and age.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.(
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 29 May 2012 07:27
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 00:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: socio-economics; South Africa; prisons; HIV; health
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140208 Health Economics
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.5539/ijbm.v7n5p31

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