HIV / AIDS Has Had

To understand how communities attitude about the disease contributes to the spread of the disease

To determine which measures need to be taken to educate women of color concerning the seriousness of the disease.


The proposed study is to add to the bevy of research which suggests that there are social, medical and communal reasons why women of color are at a greater risk of becoming infected with the AIDS virus. Additionally, the proposed study aims to investigate programs that have successfully decreased the rate at which women of color contract the AIDS virus. The research will also aim to assist practitioners as they attempt to treat women of color and prevent the spread of the disease.

An outline of chapters



Statement of Problem

Research Questions

Conceptual Framework


Literature Review

Prevalence of HIV / AIDS in the African-American Community

Prevalence of HIV / AIDS in the Hispanic Community

Programs that have reduced the spread of HIV / AIDS in minority women




Indeed the prevalence of HIV / AIDS in women of color will eventually lead to a huge influx of orphans into American society. The message that this is a fatal disease seems to be disregarded in certain communities. The purposed study will shed light on the reasons why AIDS is so prevalent in Women of Color.

In addition, it will focus on methods that can be used to reduce the spread of the disease. It is the desire of the researcher that the information gathered in this study will allow physicians and educators to more effectively treat and decrease the spread of the disease in Women of Color. By doing this, less people will be effected by this deadliest of diseases.


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