2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

The Talking Drums: HIV/AIDS Prevention Program for African-American Students
Peter M. Guirguis*, Ben S. Reine, Joseph A. Stauber, Bryan A. Campbell, and Carrie DeCarli
Dr. Carol Cox, Faculty Mentor

After being trained in the history of HIV in the African-American population, Gammans conducted a pilot presentation to an African-American sorority using interactive exercises, posters, lecture, and small group discussions. The purpose was to reduce the risk of contracting HIV through safe sexual practices and increased knowledge and awareness. The objective is to instill four basic skills in order to increase HIV/AIDS knowledge, and facilitate healthy behavior choices. These skills are: decision making, problem solving, negotiation, and refusal. In the spring, the rest of the African-American organizations on campus will participate. So far we have received positive feedback and a 100% return rate on healthy behavior commitment contracts. Further pre/post test analysis will be conducted next fall. At the end of the poster session, participants will be able to name the leading risk factors for contracting HIV, and be able to list the skills necessary to avoid risky behavior.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, African-American, Safe sexual practice, Eta Sigma Gamma

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 60-42
Location: OP Lobby and Atrium
Time: 4:15

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