Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Robin McKinney

Second Advisor

Dr. Evelyn Clingermam

Third Advisor

Ellen Van Arsdale


The impact of HIV/AIDS in the African American community has been devastating, hitting this population harder than any other ethnic group (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2000). There are many barriers to prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS that are specific to the African American community, and effective strategies to break down these barriers have not yet been developed. These barriers, as well as the implications for nursing practice, are explored. The nursing profession should acknowledge the historical and cultural context of the disease and develop culturally appropriate strategies to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS among the African American population. Several nursing interventions, such as targeting the African American family and religious groups and implementing HIV testing programs, which may assist African Americans in the fight against HIV/AIDS, are discussed.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only