Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Public Health

First Advisor

Laura F. Salazar

Second Advisor

Micheal Barber

Abstract

According to the CDC (2015), Hispanics/Latinos in the United States accounted for 23% of all new HIV infections in the year 2013. Undocumented individuals are likely underrepresented in this statistic. There are many that may be wary of talking to researchers and therefore are not represented when data is collected. The focus of this pilot study is to understand the level and type of knowledge of HIV preventative strategies for Hispanic men and women. An ethnographical qualitative method, using in-depth interviews, with participants was performed to gather this information. Ten participants were interviewed in and around Atlanta, Georgia. An ethnographic approach was used to study the various cultural factors that may hinder or encourage HIV prevention strategies. The targeted population was Hispanic adults, both male and female, living in the United States ten years or less, and aged between 18-50 years. The results revealed a need for increased knowledge of HIV and closing the gap between having that information and having access to prevention methods.

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