Impact of an HIV/AIDS sexual health education program for youth in southern Inuit communities

Giles, Madison Leigh (2014) Impact of an HIV/AIDS sexual health education program for youth in southern Inuit communities. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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HIV/AIDS data in Canada indicates a steady and disproportionate increase of HIV infections among Indigenous youth. To address this health vulnerability, a community-based research project was conducted to evaluate an HIV/AIDS sexual health presentation specific to youth in Labrador. Ninety-eight students in Grades 7-12 responded to pre- and post-questionnaires to determine, on a short-term basis, their knowledge, attitudes, and programming preferences. Research results demonstrated an increase in overall knowledge and attitudes. Older and female participants gained significant positive attitudes surrounding HIV/AIDS compared to younger and male participants. Students were found to prefer HIV prevention initiatives permeated with games, activities, and demonstrations. Several misconceptions were discovered that call for further education on HIV transmission and stigma. This study provided important insights into gaps in HIV/AIDS education, as well as subgroups that require programming that meets their specific needs. These insights can be utilized to tailor sexual health education to be more reflective of, and effective for, youth in Southern Inuit communities.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 8193
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 126-144).
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of > Community Health
Date: September 2014
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Community Health

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