Teachers College Columbia University

Department of Health Education

HBSS 4120 International AIDS Education



Course Overview


In this course participants will acquire a detailed understanding of HIV infection, transmission, treatment, and prevention around the globe by focusing on specific issues and interventions within various countries and cultures. Research articles and evaluation studies of community-based HIV investigations and interventions will provide the framework through which participants will explore the variety of ways in which community diagnosis and outreach can take place.  


Course Requirements


All participants must take part (read and post responses) in the weekly discussion forums. In addition participants are expected to complete a term project in which they create an HIV education and/or prevention program for a specific community or population. The term project will consist of three parts:




Each week the participants postings on the discussion forum will be graded on a scale of one to three points according to the following criteria:


Discussion Rubric: a  total of 45 points; 3 points for each of the 15 weekly discussions


One Point

Two Points

Three Points


Of Ideas

*Minimal organization with generalities to support evidence.


*Organized argument with good supporting evidence.

*Well- organized, persuasive argument with accurate, supporting evidence.


Group Interaction

*Sporadic interaction and discussion with other classmates

*Discussion focuses mostly on documents and topic.

*Refers to others' opinions as well as readings in discussion


The term project will be worth a total of 65 points toward the final grade.




Course Schedule and Readings:


Week 1 (September 3-10) Introduction to Online Learning and the AIDS Pandemic


Berkman, A.(2001) Confronting Global AIDS: Prevention and Treatment. American Journal of

Public Health,  91, 1348-1349.


Wolf, S.A. (2003). Will AIDS Finally Teach Us the Meaning of Sustainable Human

            Development (for All)? IPAC Monthly, 2.



Gorbach, P.M., Ryan, C., Saphonn, V. & Detels, R. (2002) The impact of social, economic and

            political forces on emerging HIV epidemics. AIDS. 16,35-43.


Week 2 (September 10-17) Community Diagnosis and HIV


Handbook for HIV Prevention Community Planning



HIV/AIDS Rapid Assessment Guide




Week 3 (September 17-24) AIDS in Canada: Street Youth


DeMatteo, D., Major, C., Block, B., Coates, R., Fearon, M., Goldberg, E., King, S.M., Millson,

M., O'Shaughnessy, M. & Read, S.E. (1999). Toronto street youth and HIV/AIDS:

prevalence, demographics, and risks. Journal of Adolescent Health, 25, 358-66.


Weber, A.E., Boivin, J.F., Blais, L., Haley, N. & Roy, E.(2002). HIV risk profile and prostitution

among female street youths. Journal of Urban Health, 79, 525-35.


Booth, R.E., Zhang, Y.& Kwiatkowski, C.F.(1999). The challenge of changing drug and sex risk

            behaviors of runaway and homeless adolescents. Child Abuse & Neglect, 2, 1295-306.


Week 4 (September 24 October 1) AIDS in Mexico: Heterosexual Couples


Hirsch, J.S., Higgins, J., Bentley & M.E.. Nathanson. C.A.(2002). The social Constructions of

            sexuality: marital infidelity and sexually transmitted disease- HIV risk in a Mexican

migrant community. American Journal of Public Health,  92, 1227-37.


Pulerwitz, J., Izazola-Licea, J.A. & Gortmaker, S.L.(2001). Extrarelational sex among

Mexican men and their partners' risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted

diseases. American Journal of Public Health,  91,1650-2.


McQuiston, C.& Gordon, A.(2000). The timing is never right: Mexican views of condom use.

            Health Care for Women International, 21, 277-90.

Week 5 (October 1-8) AIDS in Brazil: At-Risk Youth


Jones. P.M. (2003, June 8). Brazil AIDS Program touted as model for world. The Chicago



Downie, A. (2002, August 8). Brazil shares AIDS-fight blueprint. The Christian Science



Peres, C.A., Peres, R.A., da Silveira, F., Paiva, V., Hudes, E.S.& Hearst, N. (2002). Developing

an AIDS prevention intervention for incarcerated male adolescents in Brazil. AIDS

Education & Prevention, 14, 36-44.


Abadia-Barrero, C.E.(2002). Growing up in a world with AIDS: social advantages of  having

            AIDS in Brazil. AIDS Care, 14,417-23.



Week 6 (October 8-15) AIDS in the Russian Federation: Injection Drug Users


Grisin, S.A. & Wallander, C.A. (2002). Russias HIV/AIDS Crisis: Confronting the present and

 facing the future. The Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.


Somlai, A.M., Kelly, J.A., Benotsch, E., Gore-Felton, C., Ostrovski, D., McAuliffe, T. &

            Kozlov, A.P. (2002). Characteristics and predictors of HIV risk behaviors among

injection-drug-using men and women in St. Petersburg, Russia. AIDS Education

& Prevention, 14, 295-305.


Aral, S.O. & St Lawrence, J.S.(2002). The ecology of sex work and drug use in Saratov

Oblast, Russia. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 29, 798-805.


Week 7 (October 15-22) AIDS in Indonesia: Sex Workers


Ford, K., Wirawan, D.N. & Muliawan P.(2002). Social influence, AIDS/STD knowledge,

and condom use among male clients of female sex workers in Bali. AIDS Education &

Prevention. 14,496-504.


Ford K., Wirawan, D.N., Reed, B.D., Muliawan, P. & Wolfe, R.(2002).The Bali STD/AIDS

Study: Evaluation of an intervention for sex workers. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 29,



Joesoef, M.R., Kio, D., Linnan, M., Kamboji, A., Barakbah, Y. & Idajadi A. (2002).

            Determinants of condom use in female sex workers in Surabaya, Indonesia.  International

            Journal of STD & AIDS, 11,262-5.


Week 8 (October 22-29) AIDS in Thailand: Sex Workers


Kilmarx, P.H.. Supawitkul, S., Wankrairoj, M., Uthaivoravit, W., Limpakarnjanarat, K., Saisorn,

S. & Mastro, T.D.(2000). Explosive spread and effective control of HIV in northernmost

Thailand: The epidemic in Chiang Rai province, 1988-99. AIDS, 14, 2731-40.


Manopaiboon, C., Bunnell, R.E., Kilmarx, P.H., Chaikummao, S., Limpakarnjanarat, K.,

Supawitkul, S., St Louis, M.E. & Mastro, T.D.(2003). Leaving sex work: Barriers, facilitating factors

and consequences for female sex workers in northern Thailand. AIDS Care. 15,39-52.


Fontanet, A.L., Saba, J., Chandelying, V., Sakondhavat, C., Bhiraleus, P., Rugpao S.,

Chongsomchai, C., Kiriwat, O., Tovanabutra, S.. Dally L., Lange, J.M., Rojanapithayakorn W. (1998).

Protection against sexually transmitted diseases by granting sex workers in Thailand the choice of

using the male or female condom: Results from a randomized controlled trial. AIDS,  12,1851-9.


Week 9 (October 29 November 5) AIDS in India: Long Distance Workers


Chatterjee P. Spreading the word about HIV/AIDS in India.  Lancet, 361, 1526-7.


Manjunath, J.V., Thappa, D.M. & Jaisankar, T.J.(2002). Sexually transmitted diseases and sexual

            lifestyles of long-distance truck drivers: A clinico-epidemiologic study in south India.

            International Journal of STD & AIDS,  13, 612-7.


Brown, H., Vallabhaneni, S., Solomon, S., Mothi, S., McGarvey, S., Jackson, T., Putcha M.,

            Brenner, S., Mate,K. & Cu-Uvin, S. (2001). Attitudes towards prenatal HIV testing and

            treatment among pregnant women in southern India. International        Journal of STD &

 AIDS, 12, 390-4.


Newmann, S., Sarin, P., Kumarasamy, N., Amalraj, E., Rogers, M., Madhivanan P., Flanigan, T.,

            Cu-Uvin, S., McGarvey, S., Mayer, K. & Solomon S.(2000).Marriage, monogamy and

            HIV: A profile of HIV-infected women in south India. International Journal of STD &

            AIDS, 11,250-3.


Week 10 (November 5-12) AIDS in Uganda: Social Marketing


Practical Information. Uganda AIDS Commission.        



AIDS And Transport: The Experience of Ugandan road and rail; transport workers and

            their unions. Uganda AIDS Commission.



Jacobs, B., Kambugu, F.S., Whitworth, J.A., Ochwo, M., Pool, R., Lwanga, A., Tifft, S.,

Lule, J. & Cutler, J.R., Social marketing of pre-packaged treatment for men with

urethral discharge (Clear Seven) in Uganda. International Journal of STD &  AIDS,



Kelly, R.J., Gray, R.H., Sewankambo, N.K., Serwadda, D., Wabwire-Mangen, F., Lutalo

T. & Wawer, M.J. (2003). Age differences in sexual partners and risk of HIV-1

infection in rural Uganda. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes,

            32, 446-51.       


Week 11 (November 12-19) AIDS in South Africa: The loveLife Campaign


The loveLife Website  http://www.lovelife.org.za/kids/index.html


loveLife: The Foundation's Largest Initiative Ever Aims To Curb HIV Infection Among

            South African Youth. Kaiser Family Foundation.



Dickson-Tetteh K. Pettifor A. Moleko W. (2001).Working with public sector clinics to

provide adolescent-friendly services in South Africa. Reproductive Health

 Matters, 9, 160-9.


Week 12 (November 19-26) AIDS in Botswana: Anti-Retroviral Therapy


MacDonald, D.S. (1996). Notes on the socio-economic and cultural factors influencing

            the transmission of HIV in Botswana. Social Science & Medicine, 42,1325-33.


Rollnick, R. (2002). Botswana's high-stakes assault on AIDS: An African test case for

wide distribution of life-prolonging medicines. Africa Recovers, 16, 4-8.



Nagelkerke, N.J., Jha, P., de Vlas, S.J., Korenromp, E.L., Moses, S., Blanchard, J.F. & Plummer,

F.A.(2002). Modeling HIV/AIDS epidemics in Botswana and India: Impact of interventions

to prevent transmission. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 80,89-96.


Week 13 (November 26-December 3) AIDS in Australia: Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)


Jin, F.Y., Prestage, G., Law, M.G., Kippax, S., Van de Ven, P., Rawsthorne, P., Kaldor,

            J.M., Grulich  & A.E. (2002). Predictors of recent HIV testing in homosexual men

in Australia. HIV Medicine, 3,271-6.


Van De Ven, P., Rawstorne, P., Crawford, J. & Kippax, S. (2002). Increasing proportions

of Australian gay and homosexually active men engage in unprotected anal intercourse

with regular and with casual partners. AIDS Care, 14, 335-4.


International Collaboration on HIV Optimism. (2003). HIV treatments optimism among gay

men: an international perspective. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes,



Bartos, M.& McDonald, K.(2000). HIV as identity, experience or career. AIDS Care, 12,299-06.


Week 14 (December 3-10)AIDS in the United States: Prisons


Braithwaite, R.L.(2003). Arriola KR. Male prisoners and HIV prevention: a call for action

            ignored. American Journal of Public Health, 93, 759-63.


Ehrmann, T.(2002). Community-based organizations and HIV prevention for incarcerated

populations: three HIV prevention program models. AIDS Education & Prevention, 14,75-84.


May, J.P. & Williams, E.L. Jr.(2002). Acceptability of condom availability in a U.S. jail.

            AIDS Education & Prevention, 14, 85-91.



Week 15 (December 10-17) Course Summary and Closure / Presentation of Final Projects