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AIDS (Disease) -- Study and teaching;


Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease that is affecting many people throughout the world (Ralston, 1988). The virus that causes AIDS is known as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). AIDS is considered the epidemic of our generation. It has tested scientific knowledge, questioned private values, and depleted our strength (Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1993a). To face the many challenges that lie ahead, adolescents must have scientific, dependable information about HIV and AIDS (CDC, 1993b). AIDS was first reported in the United States in 1981 (Benza & Zumwalde, 1987; CDC, 1993a). By the end of 1992, more than 250,000 Americans had developed AIDS and more than 170,000 had died. In 1993 alone, it was estimated that 47,000 to 60,000 more Americans would die of AIDS and an estimated 40,000 to 80,000 becoming infected with the HIV virus. Presently, approximately 1,000,000 Americans are infected with HIV. That is nearly one American out of every 250(CDC, 1993a).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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Donald W. Schmits


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