University of New Hampshire
Anthropology and Biology
Mentor: Dr. Natalie Porter, Department of Anthropology
HIV Knowledge among Muslim University Women
Although the progression of HIV/AIDs is decreasing worldwide, the infection rate for HIV is on the rise in the United States. Many college students are aware of HIV and sexual transmitted infections (STIs) but most perceive that they are unlike to be infected. Gaining insight into the perceptions and factors influencing the behavior of young adults is critical for HIV/AIDS prevention, especially among groups who face a greater risk of infection. Women of Muslim identification attending college in New Hampshire and Massachusetts were interviewed about their knowledge of HIV/AIDS and its transmission, their communication with parents/guardians, and their personal beliefs on risk behavior among college students. Our preliminary data show that self-identifying Muslim women obtain information about STIs and HIV from various sources. Understanding the ways that self-identifying Muslim women come to know about HIV/AIDS will extend scholarship on health knowledge among minority groups in the United States. The study will also provide practical information for health facilities to accommodate the sexual health needs of Muslim women.