Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Karim Essani

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Holmes

Third Advisor

Dr. William Fenn


The current AIDS epidemic has changed the way we view the world as well as our society as a whole. Diseases have ravaged humanity since the dawn of time, so what makes AIDS so much different from every other disease encountered by man? One reason is its transmission method. We know that HIV passes from person to person via blood, semen, and vaginal secretions. Most people that suffer from this disease contract it during sex, during intravenous drug use, or during a blood transfusion. Early accounts of HIV disease occurred in minority groups, namely homosexual men. This may have bee na significant factor that delayed most research that could have stopped this virus before it climaxed with the epidemic it is today.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Nursing Commons