Effects of an Undergraduate HIV/AIDS Course on Students' HIV Risk

Flavio Marsiglia, Bertram Jacobs, Tanya Nieri, Scott J. Smith, Damien Salamone, Jaime Booth

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In this study, the authors use a quasi-experimental pretest and post-test survey design to examine the effects of a course, called HIV/AIDS: Science, Behavior, and Society, on undergraduate students' HIV knowledge, attitudes, and risky sexual behaviors. With the assistance of social work faculty, the course incorporates experiential learning pedagogy and a transdisciplinary perspective. Although the course was not designed as a prevention program, the theory of health behavior suggests the incorporation of experiential learning will impact crucial HIV/AIDS attitudes and behaviors. When regression models were applied, relative to the comparison group (N = 111), the HIV/AIDS class students (N = 79) reported an increase in post-test HIV knowledge, perceived susceptibility to HIV among females, and a reduction of risky sexual attitudes among sexually active students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-189
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • college students
  • prevention
  • risk behavior
  • theory of health behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)


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