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CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION When we think of HIV/AIDS we have certain populations in mind. We hear about its ravages on young men and women; on the gay and transgender populations; on the homeless and the intravenous drug user. We seldom think about HIV/AIDS and senior citizens. What no one talks about is HIV/AIDS and the older adult. It’s no wonder that when you talk to our senior citizens, they may have the perception that HIV/AIDS is not a risk to them. Is HIV/AIDS a risk to older adults? Is HIV/AIDS over 50 a problem? (Cichocki, 2007) The truth of the matter is that HIV/AIDS surveillance shows that 10 percent of all new HIV/AIDS cases are in people over the age of 50. Statistics also show that new HIV/AIDS cases rose faster in the…show more content…
A Nursing home, senior activity center, and a community barber shop were targeted locations. The researcher wanted to look at how the perception of the two sexes would/would not differ. For example, would persons living in a nursing home (structured environment), perception differ than persons living more independently (less structured environment). Through this study, nursing facilities, geriatric wards and the community at large will gain knowledge of older adults’ perception of HIV/AIDS virus. Having this knowledge may assist senior recreational centers, to better prepare their seniors with up-to-date; research, medicine, alternatives, support groups and educational literature to gain accurate knowledge, to make wise decisions, about the transmission/contracting HIV/AIDS. HYPOTHESIS There will be no significant difference in the perception of males “vs.” females’ population. The hypothesis was tested by collecting information from surveys that was administered to older adults. Based on the data from the surveys, it will determine if the hypothesis was accurate. The study was designed to answer the following question, what is the perception of HIV/AIDS issues, in relation to males “vs.” females. METHODOLOGY Study procedures were approved by Dr. Glen Martin, of Webster University Review Board. The survey was conducted at a

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