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Health Services


James Williams


For over 40 years, HIV has been seen as an epidemic and problem on health care that disproportionately affects the African American women (AAW) and population. This epidemic represents 12% of the total U.S. population, yet accounts for 37% of the commutative HIV cases, and 45% of the new HIV cases reported since 1998. Research in this case was needed for increased understanding to this health care problem, between AAW and HIV. A review in the literature indicated the problem and found new alternatives that helped support aspects on today's health care. The purpose of the study was to help explore the experiences of the AAW with HIV and make an effort to identify the barriers in the health care system. This was by using a narrative design and qualitative approach that helped address the overall questions, on the economic and environmental risk factors associated with HIV, and how one compensates for barriers to HIV treatment and resources. The current results by the narrative provided new knowledge for AAW with HIV. They are seen as the new generation of AAW with new challenges on health care and HIV treatment. Therefore, in an effort to make further recommendations and deal with the challenges on social change, the older generation of AAW need to educate their younger generation on HIV prevention strategies. They are implementations of strategies for positive social change that will help make a difference, by educating today's youths and correct the miss-educated, among our black population of society.