Adaptation of an HIV Prevention Curriculum for Use With Older African American Women

Academic Article


  • Although African American women over 50 years of age represent the fastest growing group with HIV infection, little attention has been given to their HIV risk reduction needs. This study adapted an HIV risk reduction curriculum for use with older African American women based on input from a sample of women from the target population. Four focus group interviews were conducted with 30 African American women from three churches regarding adaptation of the Sisters Informing Sisters on Topics about AIDS (SISTA) curriculum for older women and the feasibility of implementing the curriculum in a church setting. From these focus group interviews, the authors identified modifications that could be used to adapt the curriculum for older women. After examination of the curriculum, the women expressed increased knowledge of HIV, a sense of bonding with other participants, and willingness to use churches as venues for HIV prevention. Nurses can build upon the study's recommendations to ensure successful implementation of church-based sexuality programs for individuals of all ages. © 2008 Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.
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    Author List

  • Cornelius JB; Moneyham L; LeGrand S
  • Start Page

  • 16
  • End Page

  • 27
  • Volume

  • 19
  • Issue

  • 1