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Psy 352 Week 5 Benchmark Hiv Prevention Plan


You will be creating an HIV prevention plan (750-1,000-words minimum). This plan will focus on how to reduce new HIV infections among heterosexuals, homosexuals, IV drug users, infants/children or adolescents in a culture of your choice.
How you go about this is up to you, but it is important to use the research when formulating your plan.
Any variables you select should be backed up by research.
In this prevention plan, you will:

  1. Choose a culture and gain approval for the culture with your instructor before you begin this assignment.
  2. Describe the characteristics of the culture you are planning a prevention program for. What is their background?  Historically do they have a positive or a negative relationship with health care/prevention? Why is it important to implement a prevention program for this culture? Why do you think this is an important culture to apply a prevention program to (risk factors/current rates of HIV)?
  3. Describe several facets of your plan: what variables (e.g., education) will you choose to focus on and why (make sure your why connects directly to the background of your culture). You should use research to support the variables chosen for your plan.
  4. Using research and psychological principles to support your plan, discuss how you would make this plan successful in your chosen culture. Include information on how you would positively affect variables to promote success. Discuss how you would implement such a plan logistically (e.g., who specifically would you target for your plan and why? Where your plan would be based? How would your plan be different than those that are currently out there? Are there any obstacles you anticipate? How do you plan to overcome them?).

Your plan should be written in paragraph form (not in bullet points), but an "introduction" and "conclusion" are not necessary.
You should use four to six outside peer-reviewed journal articles to formulate your response. These should be cited in-text as well as in your References section.
Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.


Title: Psy 352 Week 5 Benchmark Hiv Prevention Plan
Length: 7 pages (1500 Words)
Style: APA



Intravenous drug users (IDU) are at a high risk of HIV infection in many countries. In the United States, IDU account for a majority of new HIV infections. It is estimated that IDU are about half of annual new JIB infections. Additionally, 70% of HIV infections in heterosexual cases are among women who are infected during sex with male drug users (Maas, 2007). 

Particular behaviors associated with intravenous drug use increase the risk of HIV infection. Some of the behaviors include sharing injection equipment and unprotected sex with multiple partners. For this reason, intervention is a critical component of HIV prevention strategy to reduce the prevalence of these behaviors. In this article, we recommend various strategies to prevent HIV infection among IDU. The strategies include drug treatment, street outreach, HIV testing and counseling, education programs, and needle exchange.


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