Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Type



Public Health

Director of Thesis

Edena Guimaraes

First Reader

Carla Swygert

Second Reader

Carla Swygert


The Latino population in the United States faces a heightened risk in terms of contracting HIV/AIDS and experiencing negative health outcomes from said infection. HIV/AIDS continues to disproportionately impact ethnic/racial minorities, and the Latino population exemplifies this unfortunate trend, with Latino Americans making up around 18.4% of the national population, but nearly 30% of the HIV/AIDS infections (US Office of Minority Health, 2021). More enduring changes to the current resources available to this population will need to be made in order to address this disparity. Thus, the current study examined social determinants, how they increase risk of infection, and how they contribute to the greater incidence of negative outcomes in the Latino population. These topics will be explored thoroughly throughout this thesis to explain the need for resources tailored to this population. Research was conducted in conjunction with PASOs, an organization focused on improving education, advocacy, and leadership development for Latinos in South Carolina. This research explored on HIV positive Latino community members in South Carolina will be presented and compared with published research to bolster the evidence found in the field. This project also includes the development and distribution of a bilingual map resource that will assist in both navigation of available HIV treatment resources and preparation of patients for their experience in their most accessible HIV treatment center.

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