Exploring risky sexual behaviors of southern African American men and their readiness for barbershop-based HIV prevention programs

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dc.contributor Gordon, Brian C.
dc.contributor Leeper, James D.
dc.contributor Tucker, Melanie Tara
dc.contributor Usdan, Stuart L.
dc.contributor.advisor Paschal, Angelia M.
dc.contributor.author Gardner, Antonio
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:45:12Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:45:12Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002362
dc.identifier.other Gardner_alatus_0004D_12829
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2683
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract African Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV, and males make up most of the cases by gender. Innovative methods for addressing the gap in the HIV epidemic are needed. Barbershops have been identified as one locale to address health disparities among African American males. Few studies have used barbershops as sites to provide HIV prevention information. Though barbershops have been sites for a few urban-based HIV prevention programs for African American men, none have been inclusive of rural men and only one was conducted in the southern United States. The purpose of this study was to explore the risky sexual behaviors of African American men in Alabama, and assess their readiness for a barbershop-based HIV prevention program. The study was guided by the Theory of Planned Behavior. A paper-and-pencil survey was administered to adult African American males at three barbershops in Alabama. The results of this study suggested that over half the men in the study did not consistently use condoms in the preceding three months. About one-fourth of the men reported having multiple sexual partners, and over half of all sexually active men used drugs and/or alcohol during a sexual encounter in the last three months. Attitudes were a significant predictor of having multiple sexual partners. Overall, the men were moderately ready for a barbershop-based HIV prevention program. Neither engagement in risky sexual behaviors nor the antecedents to engagement in risky sexual behaviors were predictive of readiness for barbershop-based HIV prevention programs. The findings of the study provide valuable insight to stakeholders who are interested in reducing the spread of HIV among African American men. Improving attitudes toward condoms in the barbershop setting may lead to less frequent engagement in risky sexual behaviors, which could curb the HIV acquisition rate among African American males.
dc.format.extent 134 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Health education
dc.title Exploring risky sexual behaviors of southern African American men and their readiness for barbershop-based HIV prevention programs
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Health Science
etdms.degree.discipline Health Education/Promotion
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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