SAFER SEX SERIES
The U.S. Deaf community – Americans who communicate using American Sign Language (ASL) – collectively has low HIV health literacy, and may experience nearly two to ten times the rate of HIV/ AIDS seroprevalence based on scant data. Because of language inaccessibility, Deaf people are not exposed to current information on prevention in their native language, ASL. Current information and educational materials online fail to meet Deaf clients’ unique linguistic and
cultural needs. Deaf people’s median English reading level falls at the fourth grade, and many have low health literacy due to reduced incidental learning (e.g., inability to communicate with hearing parents, overhear family conversations, or understand spoken health information on TV/radio/public service announcements). Written treatment materials, therefore, require plain text revisions, ASL translations, or ASL narrative storytelling.