Older African-Americans & Hiv

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1425 Nursing Care of Adults I Practicum

In partial fulfillment of course requirements.

Desmond Johnson, Jr.

October 3, 2010

Professor Donnovan

Greater Cincinnati Hospital
Johnson 2

Frances Jackson, PhD., RN
Kevin Early, CCJS, PhD.
Stephanie Myers Schim, PhD., RN.
Barbara Peprase, PhD., RN.

“HIV Knowledge, Perceived Seriousness and Susceptibility, and Risk Behaviors of Older African Americans”

Journal of Multicultural Nursing and Health Johnson 3 Age presents a unique challenge for health care providers in that some relatively newer diseases may not be perceived the same in the elderly as it is in the younger population in general. The study produced by Frances Jackson et al. sheds an illuminating light on the perceptions of elderly African Americans as it relates to HIV/Aids. The District of Columbia has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the country and as nurses, we must continue to try to educate our citizens some of the lingering misconceptions about the disease. Indeed, knowledge in this instance, can be life saving. The study by Jackson et al. illustrates the enormity of the task at hand. The survey group included 155 useful responses to the 500 questionnaires mailed. The questionnaire was based on four themes: knowledge, seriousness, susceptibility and risk behaviors. According to Jackson, “older African Americans generally have a high level of knowledge about HIV but still believe that HIV can be acquired through casual contact and have other misinformation regarding transmission. Older African Americans believe that HIV/Aids is a serious disease but do not feel personally susceptible to acquiring it. There is widespread reluctance among African American men and women to using condoms. Despite risk behaviors, rates of HIV testing are low among…...

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