HIV and STDs: The African-American Epidemics? Research Paper by Nicky

HIV and STDs: The African-American Epidemics?
An analysis and research effort into how HIV and sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) are impacting African-American youth.
# 146975 | 4,323 words | 40 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper provides analysis and research into the issue of HIV and sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) among African-American youth, and aims to show what can be done to slow the tide of this epidemic.
While acknowledging that HIV and STDs are not confined to any one gender, age group, sexual preference, or race, the paper states that urban, African-American communities do have a much larger number of HIV/STD cases than other populations. The paper cites research indicating that African-Americans make up around 50 percent of all new infections of HIV and other STDs being discovered in the U.S. Discrimination against homosexual people and against others with "alternative" lifestyles is another reason why many people choose not to seek treatment or prevention strategies for the HIV virus, the paper adds. Finally, the paper emphasizes that the information that black adolescents receive must be relevant to them and their culture, and it must drive home that point that these diseases can affect them and the people they care about. The paper concludes that when a culturally relevant message to that effect can be gotten across and enforced, the instances of HIV/STDs in black America will finally start to drop. This paper contains illustrative charts and figures.

The Emotional and Mental Toll
The Effects of Shunning Those with HIV/AIDS/STDs
Cultural Competency
Risk Reduction
Programs To Help Reduce Risk

From the Paper:

"It is largely difficult to lump many of the causes of HIV in African-Americans into one or two particular areas based on the fact that many people who might have unprotected sexual relations with a person of the same sex, such as in prison, do not consider themselves gay or bisexual (Brown, et al, 2003). However, these people contract the virus at a much higher rate and when they spread it to other people it is often without knowledge that they have even contracted the disease."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Anello, R., and T. Shuster. 1985. Community Relations Strategies: A Handbook for Sponsors of Community-Based Programs for the Homeless. New York: Community Service Society of New York.
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  • Bean, J., L. Keller, C. Newburg, and M. Brown. 1989. Methods for the Reduction of AIDS Social Anxiety and Social Stigma. AIDS Education and Prevention 1, 3: 194-221.

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