Hiv and Aids Community Assessment Paper

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Community Assessment Mia A. Lowe Facilitator: Merri Bunge NUR 460: Population- Focused Nursing Care in Communities February 23, 2012 Plagiarism Statement I have read and understand the plagiarism policy as outlined in the RNBSN Student Handbook and this module as it relates to the IWU Honesty/Cheating Policy. By affixing this statement, I certify that I have not cheated or plagiarized in the process of completing this assignment. If it is found that cheating and/or plagiarism have taken place, I understand that the consequences of this action may include expulsion from Indiana Wesleyan University. Mia A. Lowe February 23, 2012 Name Date Community Assessment Introduction According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010), HIV/AIDS has claimed the lives of more than 550,000 Americans. “Today more than 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and one fifth of Americans do not know they are infected with the virus” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010, para. 2). “ The current prevalence per 100,000 population as of December 31, 2010 are 144.2 per 100,000 residents in Ohio, 333.4 per 100,000 residents in Cuyahoga County, and 763.1 per 100,000 residents in Cleveland” (Cleveland Department of Public Health, 2011, p. 1). The prevalence rates of the City of Cleveland are twice the level of Cuyahoga County and 5.3 times greater than Ohio prevalence. In Cleveland, the prevalence levels for Black/African America non-Hispanic residents are 824.8 per 100,000 population, about twice that for White non-Hispanic with HIV/AIDS at 438.3 per 100,000 population (Cleveland Department of Public Health, 2011). “The Cleveland cases represent 70% of all HIV/AIDS cases in Cuyahoga County” (Cleveland Department of Health, 2011, p.1) Due to the prevalence rates of HIV/AIDS

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