Changing behaviors : HIV prevention issues with African American women ages 19 to 27
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) surfaced in the United States more than twenty years ago. The first identified victims were 12 gay men who presented with ailments that were rare. Since then, the face of HIV has changed. It now targets those populations that are impoverished, and those whose culture affects the decisions they make. The bleak reality is that the sexual and economic subordination of African American women fuels the HIV pandemic. This paper reviewed several programs that have been developed with different prevention plans. Unfortunately with the number of new infections in the African American women population, the current programs have not proven to be effective based on reported infections by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The HIV educational program is failing, and the abstinence program is falling on deaf ears. If the woman is poor, then long term health risks may seem irrelevant in relation to her own family's survival. This in turn explains why prevention strategies that are limited to "knowing the facts" and "becoming aware of the risk" have not succeeded. Future recommendations are made for the development of new prevention plans, which enforce behavior change.
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Health and Public Affairs
Dissertations, Academic -- Health and Public Affairs;Health and Public Affairs -- Dissertations, Academic;African American women -- Diseases;HIV infections -- Prevention
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Findlay, Racquel, "Changing behaviors : HIV prevention issues with African American women ages 19 to 27" (2003). HIM 1990-2015. 325.