Characteristics of African-Americans with multiple risk factors associated with HIV/AIDS

Charlie M. Lollis, Ernest H. Johnson, Michael H. Antoni, Yvonne Hinkle

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Multiple risk factors in young African-Americans have tremendous implications for the spread of AIDS. Two hundred forty-two heterosexual college students were classified as having low, moderate, or high risk for HIV infection based upon their self-reported sexual practices. Results indicated that subjects differed in AIDS knowledge and attitudes toward condoms with respect to both Gender and Risk level, with men and High Risk individuals being less knowledgeable and having more negative attitudes than their female and Low Risk counterparts respectively. Interaction effects revealed that High Risk men were less knowledgeable than both Low Risk men and High Risk women. High Risk men as well as High and Low Risk women reported more anger surrounding condom usage than Low Risk men. Low perceptions of vulnerability for AIDS were reflected in the entire sample. The implications of this study for primary prevention and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-71
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 21 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • African-Americans
  • AIDS
  • anger
  • attitudes
  • condom use
  • HIV
  • knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology


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