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Perceptions of HIV/AIDS policies and treatment programmes by Western Cape construction firms


  • Paul Bowen
  • Keith Cattell
  • Peter Edwards
  • Jonathan Marks


The HIV/AIDS pandemic poses a substantial long-term threat to economic development in South Africa. A questionnaire survey explored the perceptions of a sample of construction firms in the Western Cape regarding HIV/AIDS policy and treatment programmes. The findings show that there is no universal view about the long-term threat of HIV/AIDS. Most organizations have awareness policies in place but prevention and treatment policies are less common. Treatment programmes are the least implemented of all intervention services due to insufficient resource capacity, the potential stigmatization of infected persons, and low take-up rates. Despite an acknowledgement of the benefits flowing from mounting treatment programmes, doubt exists as to their financial viability.

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  • Paul Bowen & Keith Cattell & Peter Edwards & Jonathan Marks, 2010. "Perceptions of HIV/AIDS policies and treatment programmes by Western Cape construction firms," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(9), pages 997-1006.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:28:y:2010:i:9:p:997-1006
    DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2010.495987

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