Health

DSC04333I am using my findings to inform and implement health education programs related to risk-taking behavior and disease transmission (specifically HIV/AIDS) in the communities I worked in. The interior of Guyana is currently going through a rapid period of change as economic opportunities draw men and women out of their communities and into contact with other groups. This is likely one of the driving reasons that Guyana has one of the fastest growing HIV/AIDS rates in the Caribbean, which itself has the highest rate in the western hemisphere. Economic modernization, migration and infrastructure development has all opened up the interior of the country and exposed individuals to diseases they know little about. With my location specific research findings on sexual attitudes and behavior, I will be working with village leaders and community health workers to develop and implement prevention programs appropriate to a particular community’s needs.