Hiv/aids knowledge, beliefs, and at-risk behaviors in the chinese american community

Ada C. Mui, Robert J. Reid

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Abstract

Examination of epidemiological patterns suggests that the number of AIDS cases among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders is increasing at a significant rate, in this paper the authors report the results of an AIDS needs assessment study conducted in a Chinese American community of a major U.S. metropolitan region. Seven hundred and nine Chinese American respondents completed questionnaires assessing differences in HTV/AIDS related knowledge and attitudes between English-speaking and Chinese-speaking groups. There were negligible differences between groups regarding their knowledge of HIV transmission. However, the Chinese-speaking respondents did not perceive HTV/AIDS as a serious health concern in their community, whereas their English-speaking counterparts did acknowledge the threat of this disease. Study results suggest the need for HIV/AIDS education and prevention material that is culturally specific and will facilitate communication within the Chinese American community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-76
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Volume25
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 29 Dec 1998

Keywords

  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Chinese-Americans
  • HIV/AIDS education and prevention
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Sexual behavior

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