Dawn R. Hall

Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing


The purpose of this study was to determine the high-risk practices of men having sex with men in the state of South Dakota. A descriptive quantitative study was done utilizing a questionnaire that assessed high-risk behaviors and HIV-related knowledge of men having sex with men across South Dakota. Thirty-one men participated in this research. The conceptual framework utilized was the Health Belief Model (Janz & Becker, 1984). The analysis of data showed four primary themes. The overall knowledge of HIV-related risk factors and transmission of HIV was very high. Despite this, the large majority of respondents were sexually active, were not practicing safe sex, yet felt it was highly likely they would become infected with mv. Although alcohol use was at somewhat of an elevated level, the use of other drugs was very minimal. Implications from this study focused primarily on the continual need for intense HIV prevention measures for the population of men having sex with men.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Men -- South Dakota -- Sexual behavior
Sexual behavior surveys -- South Dakota
HIV infections -- Risk factors



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South Dakota State University