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PSYCH 152 - Understanding AIDS

2 Credits
Explores the following topics related to AIDS: disease process, history, myths and fears, risk factors, controversies, understanding the effect of AIDS on the individual, caring for the person with AIDS, the special grief of AIDS and projected trends of AIDS.


Quarters Typically Offered

Fall Day, Evening
Winter Evening
Spring Day, Evening

Designed to Serve All students.
Active Date 2010-01-01

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 22 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 22
Degree Distributions:
  • Social Science Area II

Course Outline
I. Diagnosis, Immune Response and Treatment II. Understanding Risk Behaviors III. Opportunistic Infections and Malignancies IV. The History of AIDS V. U.S. and World Epidemiology of AIDS VI. Coping with an HIV diagnosis VII. Strategies for Caring for Persons with AIDS VIII. The Special Grief of AIDS IX. Controversies of AIDS

Student Learning Outcomes
Identify common myths, controversies, and fears regarding AIDS.

Delineate risk behaviors and methods of prevention.

Describe the range of effects of the disease and its treatment on the person with HIV & AIDS.

Identify care giving skills for the person living with AIDS and their support network.

Identify the basic biological, psychological, and social components of HIV/AIDS.

Describe what kinds of additional information beyond personal experience are acceptable in developing explanations of HIV-risk behavior.

Conduct simple scientific studies regarding attitudes and knowledge of HIV/AIDS.

Identify aspects of individual and cultural diversity that put people at increased risk of HIV infection, and the interpersonal challenges that often result from diversity and context.

Describe HIV-related issues of global concern.

Explain how individual differences, social identity, and worldview may influence HIV attitudes and interactions with others.

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