JSS  Vol.2 No.11 , November 2014
HIV Prevention Using Films: HIV/AIDS Positive African American Women Respond through Interpersonal Relationships in Life Support
HIV/AIDS has had a profound effect on the African American community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [1], in 2010, African American women accounted for more than 25% of new HIV cases among Blacks. This staggering statistic has sparked social campaigns, including films that aim to address or hinder the spread of HIV. The film Life Support focuses on the social issues that shape the lives of African American women with HIV/AIDS. This study analyzed the film using Black feminist thought as the conceptual framework for understanding the everyday experiences of the main character, Ana, related to contracting the disease, stigma, sexuality, support systems, and coping mechanisms. It shows that knowledge is an important tool for living and coping with the disease. Additionally, it explores the image of HIV/AIDS among African American women. The film’s themes include Ana as a change agent, Life Support conversations, and positive and negative relationships.

Cite this paper
Moore, D. , Onsomu, E. and Abuya, B. (2014) HIV Prevention Using Films: HIV/AIDS Positive African American Women Respond through Interpersonal Relationships in Life Support. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 2, 110-118. doi: 10.4236/jss.2014.211016.
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