Date of Award


Degree Name

Nursing (D.N.P.)


College of Nursing

First Advisor

Andrea C. Bostrom

Second Advisor

Grace Huizinga

Third Advisor

Mary Alice Walker

Fourth Advisor

Brian Keeley


Over one million people in the United States have HIV with a substantial portion of these individuals being African American. Innovative approaches to improving the HIV disparity among African Americans have been encouraged by the federal government. Culturally tailored HIV risk reduction interventions have been noted as effective in several studies in reducing risk behavior. The purpose of the intervention was to determine if the use of culturally tailored HIV risk reduction media would result in an increase in HIV screening among African Americans. A one-time community based-intervention with no control group was utilized to determine impact of media. Screening rates were measured over a pre-determined time frame and compared to prior months and year’s rates. Use of culturally tailored media did not result in an increase in HIV screening rates among African Americans. While the selected media was very well prepared, several barriers to successful distribution were identified. Recommendations for better distribution are identified.

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Nursing Commons