Event Title

The Perception of African American Towards HIV/AIDS and Its Transmision

Location

CSU Ballroom

Start Date

9-4-2012 1:00 PM

End Date

9-4-2012 2:30 PM

Student's Major

School of Nursing

Student's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Mentor's Name

Hans Peter De Ruiter

Mentor's Department

School of Nursing

Mentor's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Description

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), even though African Americans make up about 12% of the population, they accounted for 44% of all new HIV infections in 2009 (CDC, 2009). The devastating and infectious nature of HIV/AIDS among African Americans makes it an important public health issue. The purpose of this study is to gain insight into the perception of this population towards HIV/AIDS and its transmission. This will serve as a first step towards future studies that will focus on why there is a disproportionately higher rate of HIV/AIDS within the African American population and if the perception of HIV/AIDS in this population will in any way contribute to the disproportionately higher rate of this disease.

Data Collection: Data will be obtained using series of four focus groups interviewed, over an hour and half time period per group, until saturation is achieved. The focus groups will consist of two groups of men and two groups of women in different age categories – 16 to 30 and 31 to 60. Participants that meet these requirements will be recruited within the African-American community. Each group will consist of eight participants; confidentiality of participants will be maintained by assigning fictitious names.

Analysis: Responses will be recorded and transcribed after each focus group. Three individuals will be coding the responses and a consensus will be reached afterwards. The codes attained will then be put into different categories and themes for further analysis and result.

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The Perception of African American Towards HIV/AIDS and Its Transmision

CSU Ballroom

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), even though African Americans make up about 12% of the population, they accounted for 44% of all new HIV infections in 2009 (CDC, 2009). The devastating and infectious nature of HIV/AIDS among African Americans makes it an important public health issue. The purpose of this study is to gain insight into the perception of this population towards HIV/AIDS and its transmission. This will serve as a first step towards future studies that will focus on why there is a disproportionately higher rate of HIV/AIDS within the African American population and if the perception of HIV/AIDS in this population will in any way contribute to the disproportionately higher rate of this disease.

Data Collection: Data will be obtained using series of four focus groups interviewed, over an hour and half time period per group, until saturation is achieved. The focus groups will consist of two groups of men and two groups of women in different age categories – 16 to 30 and 31 to 60. Participants that meet these requirements will be recruited within the African-American community. Each group will consist of eight participants; confidentiality of participants will be maintained by assigning fictitious names.

Analysis: Responses will be recorded and transcribed after each focus group. Three individuals will be coding the responses and a consensus will be reached afterwards. The codes attained will then be put into different categories and themes for further analysis and result.

Recommended Citation

Manandhar, Karishma; Yemesrach Mengesha; Victoria Afolayan; Shamso Khandid; and Anwar Mohamed. "The Perception of African American Towards HIV/AIDS and Its Transmision." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 9, 2012.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2012/poster-session-B/32