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HIV/AIDS Knowledge and Sexual Activity: An Examination of Racial Differences in a College Sample

Cindy Davis, Melissa Sloan, Samuel MacMaster and Barbara Kilbourne

in Health & Social Work

Volume 32, issue 3, pages 211-218
Published in print August 2007 | ISSN: 0360-7283
Published online August 2007 | e-ISSN: 1545-6854 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/hsw/32.3.211
HIV/AIDS Knowledge and Sexual Activity: An Examination of Racial Differences in a College Sample

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The threat of HIV/AIDS to African American's health has become the focus of much concern. This study investigated the potential differences between African Americans' and white college students' current and future sexual behaviors and safer sex behaviors with HIV/AIDS awareness, condom use self-efficacy, and safer sex attitudes. A convenience sample of 156 college students from three public universities was used. Of those who were sexually active, more African American than white respondents reported they used condoms frequently, and more African Americans indicated they would use condoms regularly in the future. No racial differences were found in intentions for future casual sex, condom use self-efficacy, or attitudes toward safer sex practices. Although the results suggest that for this sample African American college students appear to have internalized safer sex messages to a greater degree, both groups reported a lack of consistent safe-sex practices, which may put them at risk of HIV/AIDS.

Keywords: AIDS; HIV; prevention; race

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Subjects: Social Work ; Health, Illness, and Medicine

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