HIV/AIDS education and prevention among African-Americans: A focus on culture

C. O. Airhihenbuwa, R. J. DiClemente, G. M. Wingood, A. Lowe

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African-Americans have emerged as the 'second wave' of the AIDS epidemic. Epidemiologic evidence indicates that African-Americans adults as well as adolescents have a disproportionately higher risk of AIDS and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. While programs designed to increase self-protective behaviors are urgently needed to avert a further increase in HIV infection among this population, there is little understanding of African-American sociocultural factors that may influence the acceptance of HIV information and the adoption of HIV-preventive behaviors. This paper describes African-American cultural values and mores which may be related to risk-taking behavior. Barriers to the effective dissemination of HIV prevention education are identified and strategies that may be effective in surmounting these barriers and implementing culturally-appropriate HIV behavioral modification programs are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-276
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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