Hiv, Aids, And Aids

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Numerous studies have been conducted on Human Immunodeficiency Virus also known as HIV. It is known that if left untreated HIV can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The human body cannot fight out HIV, unlike some other virus. This means that once a person comes in contact with HIV, he/she has it for life. So far there is no cure for the disease, even though there is news about medications that can be used to control the virus. One known treatment for HIV is called antiretroviral therapy. According to the World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Data report, about 37 million people worldwide are living with the HIV virus. Of those 37 million people living with HIV virus worldwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2013 that more than 1.2 million people are affected with HIV in the United States. African Americans are accounted as the most affected race, they are also accounted for 41% of people living with HIV in the United States. It is estimated that 26% of youth between the ages of 13-24 years African American gay and bisexual men are the ones mostly affected by the virus. By applying the Health Belief Model as a means for preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS among the African American youth population in the United States can help reduce the disease. Due to the increasing amount of people with HIV/AIDS in the United States, African-American are the most infected, and they need to be educated on preventive methods. One way to reduce the burden of preventive diseases around the world is by changing the way we go about making health choices. In Glanz et al’s Health Behavior Theory, Research, and Practice fifth edition book, the authors discussed the 1950s as the period when socia... ... middle of paper ... ...informative programs so as to prevent difficulties getting to and from the program. Counseling will be provided as to prevent the fear of getting screened for the disease. In further support of this intervention, we will apply a similar intervention process that Koblin et al. (2012) used as a tool for goal setting, which involved utilizing friends for support as a means for their participants to commit to changing their behavior. The final phase of the intervention process to reduce HIV/AIDS in the African-American youth population will center on promoting commitment to practicing safe sex which will include setting goals that involve utilizing their families and friends for support, and also by evaluating their progress toward the goals that were set to achieve by themselves. These could help as reminders for taking cues to action after they have left the program.

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