THEMES: HIV & Education / Disease as Salvation/Redemption
HIV & EDUCATION
Priority should be placed on educating children and youth, particularly in a world affected by HIV/AIDS. Basic education is one of the most effective (and cost-effective) means of prevention.
Education is crucial in efforts to prevent and informatively care for HIV/AIDS, especially during youth. Education, particularly focused on young women, can save lives and allow for more informed decisions through various stages of life.
In order for education to be an effective means of reaching a variety of people on personal levels, it must draw upon, and cater to, messages rooted in the popular culture of diverse groups and highlight a variety of lifestyles and people.
SYNTHESIS: Education plays a crucial role in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The epidemic has the potential to impact education, and in contrast, education has the potential to positively affect AIDS/HIV and how it is prevented and cared for. Arming people with knowledge will aid the prevention and improve life quality.
DISEASE AS SALVATION/REDEMPTION
Within those diagnosed, HIV may act as a “trigger” for positive spiritual transformations. Across all participants, a ST developed in four stages: antecedents (risky behavior), diagnosis, adaption, spiritual transformation. Most described their life style prior to diagnosis as risky and empty, in contrast, following diagnosis and PT, people described a re-examination of beliefs, views, and lifestyle.
Transformational learning, which involves a fundamental change in the way we see ourselves and the world, can occur in adulthood. Specifically, this transformation can be “triggered” by the diagnosis of HIV or in the face of a potentially life-threatening illness. This transformation/new perspective proved irreversible. Additionally, this perspective change includes changes in meaning schemes, which include the adoption of a future-oriented perspective, a greater care for ones-self, and integration of diagnosis into self definition.
SYNTHESIS: The diagnosis of HIV or of a potentially life-threatening illness can bring about a spiritual transformation or positive perspective change allowing a re-examination of beliefs, views, priorities, and lifestyle.