265237 HIV/AIDS among African Immigrants in the US: Challenges and Implications for Moving Forward

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Agaptus Anaele , Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Titilayo A. Okoror, PhD , Department of Health and Kinesiology & African American Studies Research Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
This paper is an examination of HIV/AIDS among African Immigrants, and recommendations for moving forward. We conducted an extensive systematic assessment of the literature on HIV/AIDS on African immigrants in the US from Medline, InfoPsyche, Social Science citations, Web of Science, and Google Scholar databases. Additionally, findings were juxtaposed with literature and policy implications for African immigrants in England and Europe. Our findings bring to light six salient areas/challenges regarding African immigrants' HIV/AIDS-related health in the United States: 1) Lack of data specific to African Immigrants HIV prevalence rates; 2) Immigration status (Refugees versus Illegal Immigrants); (3) Naivety about the US Health Care System; 3) HIV-related Stigma; 4) Diversity of the African Immigrant Population; 5) Low Socio-economic status; and 6) Acculturation and Assimilation into the US population. Our finding foregrounds the importance of reviewing the current US Census racial/ethnic categories to better reflect the differences among “Blacks” because of the bourgeoning African immigrants population. It also shows the implications for HIV/AIDS policies and programs geared towards “Blacks” which usually does not account for the heterogeneity in the population. We recommend additional studies focusing on the African Immigrant population in the context of HIV/AIDS in the US, and the need to address this with the recognizance of the cultural diversity in the group.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
The learner will be able to list and explain some of the challenges facing African Immigrants with respect to HIV/AIDS in America.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Access Immigration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conducted the study and contibuted to deveoping the abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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