Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Taylor, Stanley

Second Advisor

Hernandez-Valentino, Evelyn

Third Advisor

Chang, Janet C.


African American Women continue to contract HIV/AIDS at an alarming rate. Of all the women living with Aids in the United States, 64% were African American and two out of three African American women got HIV from having unprotected sex with a man. The purposes of the study are to identify perceived barriers to HIV testing of the intimate partners of African American Women and subsequently identify an effective couples of HIV testing strategy. The research study investigated the primary causes for low HIV testing rates of African American couples. This study uttilized a quantitatve method using self-administered questionaires. The primary data source will be fifty-four African American Women who reside in a region of southern California referred to as the Inland Empire.