The Educational Effects of Providing AIDS-Risk Information to Persons with Developmental Disabilities: An Exploratory Study

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The incidence of AIDS in the United States continues to increase, with a present total of over 360,000 cases. HIV infection and AIDS have also been documented in persons with developmental disabilities, and there is a clear need for effective HIV/ AIDS education programs with this population. The present paper reports on 31 employees of a sheltered workshop for persons with developmental disabilities who participated in an HIV / AIDS education program. Comparison of pretest and posttest scores on an AIDS Risk Knowledge Test revealed an increase in knowledge that was related to the cognitive level of the participant. Future directions for HIV / AIDS education research with this population are discussed.

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