Popular Culture, Sexual Behavior, and HIV/STI Prevention Among College Students
This chapter explores the challenges, social perceptions, and lived experiences of rural ethnic minority college students in terms of HIV (Human Immune deficiency Virus) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and many other national organizations estimate that HIV remains a serious and persistent health problem in the US and other countries. Sexual orientation has long since been posited as an explanatory factor for high HIV prevalence in various localities or communities. However, steadily growing number of people in rural contexts have been diagnosed with HIV and, increasingly, they are young college-age adults. A major conclusion of the study was health status among HIV-seropositive persons is affected by social issues such as isolation, stress, and housing stability. The point of this chapter is not to suggest that all rural students are poor or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, neither are all rural students without health insurance or medical attention.