HIV/AIDS is considered to be one of the deadliest viruses in the world. It has no cure, and it is transmitted through ways several ways (Lombe and Ochumbo, 2017). Over the years, HIV/AIDS has led to the death of hundreds of thousands of peoples in America and other countries. One of the most common ways which the virus is transmitted is through sexual intercourse. The children born from an infected mother may or may not contract the virus during birth (AIDSinfo, 2017). Since the parents are infected, they may later succumb to the disease leaving their children orphans. On the other hand, the condition may leave them weak and unable to cater for their families (aidsmaps, 2017). People living with HIV, therefore, need support in many ways to sustain themselves and their families. Their needs are usually in monetary and medical from. This has thus raised my concern about the African American women who are infected with HIV/AIDS. There is a need for treatment protocols and support for both them and their families as they are usually neglected. Moreover, women are key in taking care of the children in the household (FCA, 2017). Therefore, my research topic statement is the treatment compliance and family support in HIV infected African American women.
I will use DataSet1 to support my research topic statement. First, there is need to prove why women are need of treatment compliance and family support. To do so, I will list the number of adult men and women in a household. Secondly, I will compute the correlation between the women’s income and the number of adult women in a household.
Figure 1 shows the summary statistics of the number of adult men in a household and the number of adult women in a household. There is an average of one adult man and woman in each household. However, the statistical mean suggests that the mean and sum of men in a household are 0.74 and 4877. On the other hand, the mean and sum of adult women in household 1.02 and 6687. This suggests that there are more women than men in any household. Additionally, the correlation of the women’s income and the number of adult women in a household is 0.028 (figure 2). This is below the 0.05 significance level.
Most households have more women than men. Apart from that, the correlation suggests that the women’s income is not significant. If the household is infected with HIV/AIDS, then it means that these women cannot cater for their medical bills and other needs. Therefore, there it becomes crucial to provide these women with treatment compliances. This can best be solved by providing free medical care for the African American women who are infected with HIV/AIDS. Moreover, the treatment should be readily available. HIV affects not only its victims but also the victims’ families. Family support such as counseling and financial care should also be provided.
- AIDinfo. (2017 Nov 28). Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV. Retrieved from https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/understanding-hiv-aids/fact-sheets/20/50/preventing-mother-to-child-transmission-of-hiv.
- Aidsmap (2017 Feb). Factsheet Tiredness and fatigue. Retrieved from https://www.aidsmap.com/Tiredness-and-fatigue/page/1044668/.
- Family Caregiver Alliance. (2017). Who Are the Caregivers? Retrieved from https://www.caregiver.org/women-and-caregiving-facts-and-figures.
- Lombe, M. & Ochumbo, A. (2016). Children and AIDS: Sub-Saharan Africa. Routledge.