Creative participatory HIV research in Cape Town, South Africa
HIV prevalence is highest in Africa, with East and Southern Africa being the most affected. Adolescents (10 to 19 years) and young people (10 to 24 years), especially young women and young key populations continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. A key population with limited representation in the literature is youth living with perinatally acquired HIV. In this project, we explored the concept of the biopsychosocial-material model of adherence to antiretroviral treatment for young women living with perinatal infections of HIV.
We completed a qualitative evidence synthesis, conducted fieldwork with young women in communities in Cape Town, South Africa, and together produced a short documentary and art exhibition. We adopted a value laden approach to our participatory community health research project. The agenda for the project was flexible to the needs of the participants who took on the role of co researchers.
Ms Lynn Hendricks, Department of Global Health, Stellenbosch University and Department of Social Sciences, KU Leuven
Prof Karin Hannes, Department of Social Sciences, KU Leuven
Prof Taryn Young, Head of the Department of Global Health, Stellenbosch University
Mrs Rizqah Dollie, Visual Anthropologist, The Dollie House
Mr Reshaan Dollie, Visual Anthropologist, The Dollie House
Ms Robin Julies, Registered Counsellor, Department of Global Health, Stellenbosch University