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Communication Perspectives on HIV/AIDS for the 21st Century

1st Edition

Edited by Timothy Edgar, Seth M. Noar, Vicki S. Freimuth


512 pages

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Reflecting the current state of research into the communication aspects of HIV/AIDS, this volume explores AIDS-related communication scholarship, moving forward from the 1992 publication AIDS: A Communication Perspective.

Editors Timothy Edgar, Seth M. Noar, and Vicki S. Freimuth have developed this up-to-date collection to focus on today’s key communication issues in the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Chapters herein examine the interplay of the messages individuals receive about AIDS at the public level as well as the messages exchanged between individuals at the interpersonal level. Acknowledging how the face of HIV/AIDS has changed since 1992, the volume promotes the perspective that an understanding of effective communication through both mediated and interpersonal channels is essential to winning the continued battle against AIDS.

Issues addressed here include:

  • Social stigma associated with the disease, social support and those living with HIV/AIDS, and the current state of HIV testing
  • Parent–child discussions surrounding HIV/AIDS and safer sexual behavior, and cultural sensitivity relating to developing HIV prevention and sex education programs
  • The effectiveness of health campaigns to impact attitudes, norms, and behavior, as well as the current state of entertainment education and its ability to contribute to HIV prevention
  • News media coverage of HIV/AIDS and the impact of the agenda-setting function on public opinion and policy making
  • Health literacy and its importance to the health and well-being of those undergoing HIV treatment.
  • The role of technological innovations, most notably the Internet, used for both prevention interventions as well as risky behavior

The volume also includes exemplars that showcase the diversity of approaches to health communication used to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These cases include interpersonal and mass communication mediums; traditional along with new media and technology; research by academics and practitioners; individual as well as community-based approaches; work based in the United States and internationally; and campaigns directed at at-risk, HIV- positive, as well as general populations.

With new topics, new contributors, and a broadened scope, this book goes beyond a revision of the 1992 volume to reflect the current state of communication research on HIV/AIDS across key contexts. It is designed for academics, researchers, practitioners, and students in health communication, health psychology, and other areas of AIDS research. As a unique examination of communication research, it makes an indelible contribution to the growing knowledge base of communication approaches to combating HIV/AIDS.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: Review Chapters. S.M. Noar, T. Edgar, The Role of Partner Communication in Safer Sexual Behavior: A Theoretical and Empirical Review. T. Edgar, S.M. Noar, B. Murphy, Communication Skills Training in HIV Prevention Interventions. L.S. Rintamaki, F.M. Weaver, The Social and Personal Dynamics of HIV Stigma. D.J. Goldsmith, D.E. Brashers, K.A. Kosenko, D.J. O'Keefe, Social Support and Living With HIV: Findings From Qualitative Studies. M. Mattson, I. Basnyat, Infusing HIV Test Counseling Practice With Harm Reducation Theory: An Integrated Model for Voluntary Counseling and Testing. C.K. DiIorio, F. McCarty, E. Pluhar, Talking About HIV and AIDS: A Focus on Parent-Child Discussions. K. Resnicow, C. DiIorio, R. Davis, Culture and the Development of HIV Prevention and Treatment Programs. P. Palmgreen, S.M. Noar, R.S. Zimmerman, Mass Media Campaigns as a Tool for HIV Prevention. M.G. Kennedy, V. Beck, V.S. Freimuth, Entertainment Education and HIV Prevention. J.W. Dearing, D.K. Kim, The Agenda-Setting Process and HIV/AIDS. J.B. Scott, The Rhetoric of Science vs. Politics in U.S. HIV Testing and Prevention Policy. S.C. Kalichman, Health Literacy and AIDS Treatment and Prevention. S. Bull, Internet and Other Computer Technology-Based Interventions for STD/HIV Prevention. Part II: Intervention Exemplar Chapters. P.R. Appleby, C. Godoy, L.C. Miller, S.J. Read, Reducing Risky Sex Through the Use of Interactive Video Technology. S. Clayton, C.M. Daniel, A. Bowen, The Internet: Accessible and Affordable HIV Prevention for Rural MSM. R.J. DiClemente, N.D. Braxton, J.M. Sales, G.M. Wingood, Using Communication Strategies in an HIV-Prevention Curriculum to Enhance African-American Adolescents' Adoption of HIV-Preventive Behaviors. J. Hecht, Social and Sexual Networks at STOP AIDS Project: A New Strategy for Diffusing Messages. T. Hoff, J. Davis, M. James, Leveraging Entertainment Media to Communicate About AIDS: The Kaiser Family Foundation. J. Howson, K. Witte, "For People Like Us": Mobilizing Communities for HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment, Care, and Support. C.A. Latkin, A.R. Knowlton, A Network Oriented HIV Prevention Intervention: The SHIELD Study. A.N. Miller, Faith and the A, B, Cs of HIV: The Approach of "I Choose Life-Africa." C.A. Redding, P.J. Morokoff, J.S. Rossi, K.S. Meier, A TTM-Tailored Condom Use Intervention for At-Risk Women and Men. J.L. Richardson, J. Milam, L. Espinoza, Partnership for Health Program Development: A Brief Safer Sex Intervention for HIV Outpatient Clinics. A.J. Roberto, K.E. Carlyle, Using Technology to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, STDs, and HIV.

About the Series

Routledge Communication Series

The Routledge Communication Series covers the breadth of the communication discipline, from interpersonal communication to public relations, offering textbooks, handbooks, and scholarly reference materials.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Health Care Issues
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies