Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name



Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Gale Horton


The objective of this exploratory descriptive research was designed to investigate the “Relationship Between the level of knowledge about HIV/AIDS and the Practicing of Preventive Behaviors Among African American College Students.” The population was comprised of 40 African American male and female college students ranging from ages 18-25 who attend one of the three African American colleges within the Atlanta University Center. The results revealed that there is a statistical relationship between the level of knowledge this population has about HIV/AIDS and their engaging in preventive behavior. However this relationship is a very weak one. Students know about the various components of HIV/AIDS yet they continue to engage in “risky behaviors.”

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