Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. R. Wayne Fuqua

Second Advisor

Susan Snycerski

Third Advisor

Sean Laraway


The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has affected many people across the world and continues to plague society. HIV has developed into various forms throughout its history and today affects members of all age, class, and race. Currently, heterosexual females in their early twenties are most at risk. Although there is no cure for HIV, it can be prevented by practicing safe sexual behavior. This study used a survey to determine how much students at Western Michigan University knew about HIV/AIDS. Students were asked questions about their behaviors, barriers, and beliefs regarding safe sexual behavior. The results indicated that many students are aware of the effects of HIV, but they do not believe that they are at risk. Methods of prevention need to be tailored to individual needs to combat the disease since a cure is not in the foreseeable future.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only