African American Women and HIV/AIDS: Critical Responses

By Dorie J. Gilbert; Ednita M. Wright | Go to book overview

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Focus on Solutions: A Culturally Sensitive, Computer
- Based AIDS Prevention Program Targeting African
American Women on College Campuses

Heather A. Katz

African American women are eight times more likely to contract HIV than White women and three times more likely than Hispanic women are (Fears 1998).

[In 1999, more African Americans were reported with AIDS than any other racial/ethnic group. Almost two-thirds (63%) of all women reported with AIDS were African American] (CDC 2001). Thus, females in the early and late adolescence developmental stage are at very high risk, and many of these women are college students, for whom few prevention programs are targeted. Prevention efforts targeting young African American women on college campuses need to be gender and cultural specific and also take into account the environment that places the target audience at risk for HIV-infection. Furthermore, the program should take into account the unique learner characteristics that are not only shaped by racial/ethnic characteristics but also are influenced by one's present learning environment and past learning experiences. This chapter describes a user-friendly, computerized HIV/AIDS prevention program specifically developed for African American women on college campuses. The program considers age, race/ethnicity, and individualized learner characteristics, and the college milieu in providing HIV/AIDS prevention education and interactive skills-building information for this population.


HIV-PREVENTION BARRIERS FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN
WOMEN ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

Numerous barriers prevent African American college-age women from accessing culturally appropriate and representative HIV/AIDS prevention

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