This study examines HIV stigma to improve HIV prevention in North Dakota. A survey was administered to North Dakotan adults between January 15 and February 15, 2011, in eight selected towns. The study focused on North Dakotan perceptions of HIV in their state. Research found that most North Dakotans do not view HIV as a problem in their state. There is, however, a belief that there is stigma associated with HIV in North Dakota, as 65 percent of survey respondents believe that. The study also shows that there is a need for education regarding the transmission of HIV. Sixty percent of respondents did not identify all four modes of HIV transmission correctly. The results of this survey will be used to improve HIV education in North Dakota.


Bikash Nandy

First Committee Member

Judith Luebke

Second Committee Member

Sue Ellen Bell

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Health Science


Allied Health and Nursing

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