Date of Award

Spring 2009

Document Type





More than thirty-eight million people were estimated to be living in the world with HIV/ AIDS, in 2005. The purpose of this study was to explore the risk for infection of HIV/AIDS in Kenya, Africa. This is a descriptive study using a health education survey with quantitative questions, qualitative questions, and inferential statistics. The number of participants totaled 19, English speaking, Kenyan women between the ages of 22 and 63, and the approximate duration with each contact was one interview of 30 minutes to one hour. The themes of this study are Worrying about Family, Community, and Employment, Coping with Living Environment, Sanitation, and Water, and Responding to Health Questions. This information pertains to nurses because as knowledge continues to grow about the global epidemic of HIV/AIDS it is important for the healthcare community to have greater insight into the facts and opinions of the illness. These results, while reflective of global phenomena, do not directly apply to every population and are strictly applicable to this study.