The Impact of HIV/AIDS on the Millennial College Student Generation
In the early years of the HIV (Human Immune deficiency Virus) epidemic, there was a strong emphasis on primary prevention; preventing those not infected with the HIV virus from becoming infected. There are several identified key elements needed to develop a comprehensive secondary prevention strategy relevant to HIV/AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Colleges, although a unique community often within a larger community or city, have elements to their society that may be very different from the surrounding community, requiring development of its own HIV prevention strategy. The most common risk factors that have been identified are having multiple sexual partners and low rates of condom use. Researchers have reported in the general population a high frequency of new HIV seropositives who have engaged in Internet hookups. In order to be successful, secondary prevention programs in need to shift daily routines away from high-risk behaviors and promote healthy routines.