Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2014

Document Type


First Advisor

Caroline M. Kobek Pezzarossi

Second Advisor

Deborah Schooler


Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a serious issue in India, as the United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS) in 2008 reported that approximately 2.5 million Indians are living with HIV (p. 1). Because of this, some degree of sex education has been initiated in state schools in India. Since no research exists on whether deaf people in India are receiving this education, the research questions related to the focus of this study on factors of sex education for the deaf in India include: What is the level of awareness and knowledge about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), safe sex and contraceptives among Deaf Indians; what were the means for gaining any knowledge they do have and; was there communication, if any, about sexuality with their peers or family members. McManus & Dhar[s (2008) survey was adapted to the sample that participated in the survey online. The participants are deaf and born in India but currently residing in the United States. Results show deaf Indians in the United States do have some knowledge and awareness of HIV/AIDS, STIs, and safer sex practices, but lack complete information and seem to be misinformed on some issues such as the impossibility to cure AIDS.



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