Sociology Students Help Protect a Vulnerable Population from HIV

HIV has been called the “sociological epidemic” because it often affects those who are poor and marginalized. Dr. Bronwen Lichtenstein teaches SOC 360 Sociology of HIV/AIDS, a course that works to dissect the social inequalities, history, myths and issues of the disease. Students study how the disease is – and isn’t – transmitted, its relationship to same-sex activity, sex work and illicit drug use and its symptoms and treatment. Students use their newfound knowledge to help people in Tuscaloosa County’s parole and probation programs learn about their risks for HIV and get tested.

More information about the course and its impact on the community can be found at the link.