Date of Award

8-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Student Affairs in Higher Education

First Advisor

John A. Mueller, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Holley A. Belch, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

John Wesley Lowery, Ph.D.

Abstract

The lesbian, gay, and bisexual population (LGB) has the highest percentage of new HIV/AIDS infections between the ages of 13-24 years (Center for Disease Control, 2012). The following study investigated the knowledge, perceptions, and beliefs of HIV/AIDS among the LGB college student population at a mid-Atlantic university. The data for this study was collected from a sample of 20 college students. The instrument utilized was the HIV/AIDS: Knowledge, Attitude, and Perceptions Survey. The study sought to answer the research question: "What are lesbian, gay, and bisexual college students' knowledge, perceptions, and beliefs with respect to HIV/AIDS?" The data analysis revealed that participants have a basic understanding of HIV/AIDS knowledge, perceptions, and beliefs. The research problem, research question, and the significance of the study are discussed. In addition, a review of literature, the methodology, the findings, implications for practice and research, and limitations of the study are discussed.

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