Publication Date

5-31-1997

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

Adolescents are threatened with infection by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (IIlV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Data reveal that the number of adolescents infected with HIV is increasing. Adolescent risk taking behaviors and lack of preventive education are major factors associated with this rise. Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) who care for adolescents have a duty to offer their patients preventive health care. Adolescents can participate by attending HN and AIDS prevention workshops that will present them with facts. Adolescents who attend these workshops will gain the knowledge to protect themselves against mv and AIDS. The workshop in this study was initiated in a school setting; the results of this workshop showed that the adolescents' knowledge on HIV and AIDS prevention did increase. It is anticipated that similar results would occur in the health care setting.

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