Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Journalism (MA)
Second Committee Member
Africa, Feminism, HIV Stigma, Media, The New York Times, Women
The aim of the study was to determine the dominant and recurring frames influencing the narrative and media portrayal of women living with HIV and AIDS in Southern Africa, a region characterized by a low socio-economic status and the highest HIV and AIDS infection rates globally. The study analyzed 238 stories published in The New York Times from 1985 to 2017. Findings of the study show that news reports frequently associate sex workers and pregnant women to coverage on HIV and AIDS therefore stigmatizing them as vectors of the disease. The newspaper stories provided adequate socioeconomic context resulting in African women being vulnerable to HIV and AIDS. This conclusion supports the feminist theory that women are politicized, categorized and victimized according to and as defined by their surroundings and that such media representation further perpetuates HIV stigma for women living with HIV and AIDS.
Keywords: HIV stigma, media, women, Africa, AIDS, feminism
Balozwi, Boitshepo Monte, "A Focus on the US Narrative: Does The New York Times Portrayal of Women Living With HIV and AIDS in Southern Africa Perpetuate HIV/AIDS Stigma?" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 2762.