Speech Language Pathologists use of interpersonal communication skills for better outcomes for HIV patients with communication disorders

Student Classification

Keona Narcisse, 2nd-year, Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

Faculty Mentor

DaKysha Moore, Speech Program

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2023


HIV is a complicated disease with many health barriers. Many are affected by this illness, but African Americans are disproportionately affected by the disease. HIV affects many parts of the body including the circulatory, digestive, and nervous systems. Health issues related to the nervous system, among HIV positive kids, could affect their speech and language skills (Retzlaff, 1999). Another issue is an individual who has HIV could have extensive physical issues where the hearing is completely lost. This research study explores how speech language and pathologists could use interpersonal communication skills such as reducing stereotyping, stigma, and communication noises to help with better health outcomes for HIV patients with communication disorders.

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