Written by Anton Zuiker since July 2000
Why mistersugar? Why a pig?
HIV Goes Back to School
by Anton Zuiker
(Under the direction of Thomas Linden, M.D.)
In 2003, state and university researchers discovered a rise in incidence of HIV among college students in North Carolina over the years 2000-2003. This increase included 84 students from 37 colleges and universities across the state; the majority of the students were African-American males and contracted HIV through sex with other men. A new HIV screening program that tests for acute HIV infection helped to identify the college cases, and the stateâ€™s partner notification and counseling program was also helpful in tracking the sexual networks that connected the students and their campuses. In an introductory chapter, I review AIDS journalism and narrative writing and provide background to the N.C. outbreak. In the main chapter, I present a narrative-style non-fiction magazine article that explores the work of researchers, epidemiologists and public health officials in response to the N.C. college HIV increase.
[Read the entire thesis here.]
[Read only the main chapter, a 12,000-word narrative feature article, here.]