Gender differences in HIV testing among high-risk African Americans

Antonio Lenard Jackson, Fayetteville State University


The AIDS epidemic has caused major public health issues, especially, in the African American community. Current research has indicated that the most effective way to fight the epidemic is through prevention. HIV testing as a prevention strategy is very important as researchers and practitioners attempt to lower the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in African American communities. The objectives for this study were: (a) to examine the prevalence of HIV testing among high-risk individuals in the African American community; (b) to examine the gender differences in HIV testing among African Americans that participate in high-risk behaviors; and (c) to identify the social demographic factors that are associated with HIV testing among African American who engage in high-risk behaviors. The study used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The results of this research suggest the need to examine age and education as a critical factor in increasing HIV/AIDS Testing.

Subject Area

Black studies|Sociology|Public policy|Ethnic studies|Gender studies|African American Studies

Recommended Citation

Jackson, Antonio Lenard, "Gender differences in HIV testing among high-risk African Americans" (2005). ETD Collection for Fayetteville State University. AAI1449352.