A Review of Faith-Based HIV Prevention Programs

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Division of Public Health, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA.
Journal of Religion and Health (Impact Factor: 1.02). 04/2009; 48(1):6-15. DOI: 10.1007/s10943-008-9171-4
Source: PubMed


HIV disproportionately affects people of color, suggesting a need for innovative prevention programs and collaborations as part of prevention efforts. African Americans have close ties to the church and faith-based organizations. African American faith communities were slow to address HIV prevention, but in recent years, they have become more involved in such activities. This study reviews the empirical literature on faith-based HIV prevention programs among African American populations. Several successful faith-based/public health collaborations are identified, and the limitations and strengths of faith-based prevention programs are discussed. Recommendations are provided for developing effective faith-based/public health collaborations.

19 Reads
    • "There is considerable heterogeneity in the types of sexual health communication occurring in Black churches (Berkley-Patton et al., 2013; Cunningham, Kerrigan, McNeely, & Ellen, 2011; Francis & Liverpool, 2009; Lease & Shulman, 2003; Williams, Dodd, Campbell, Pichon, & Griffith, 2014a). Earlier research has emphasized the less favorable aspect of African American clergywho expressed religious messages that connectHIV with sinful behavior, reinforcing religiously based stigma toward the disease (Fullilove & Fullilove, 1999; Smith, Simmons, & Mayer, 2005). "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Research suggests that sexual health communication is associated with safer sex practices. In this study, we examined the relationship between church attendance and sexual health topics discussed with both friends and sexual partners among a sample of urban Black women. Participants were 434 HIV-negative Black women who were at high risk for contracting HIV through heterosexual sex. They were recruited from Baltimore, Maryland using a network-based sampling approach. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews and Audio-Computer-Assisted Self-Interviews. Fifty-four percent of the participants attended church once a month or more (regular attendees). Multivariate logistic regression analyses revealed that regular church attendance among high-risk HIV-negative Black women was a significant predictor of the number of sexual health topics discussed with both friends (AOR = 1.85, p = .003) and sexual partners (AOR = 1.68, p = .014). Future efforts to reduce HIV incidence among high-risk Black women may benefit from partnerships with churches that equip faith leaders and congregants with the tools to discuss sexual health topics with both their sexual partners and friends.
    Archives of Sexual Behavior 05/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10508-015-0506-4 · 3.53 Impact Factor
  • Source
    • "The literature indicates that there are more African American churches that are willing to participate in a faith-based approach to reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS within the Black community (Francis and Liverpool 2009). "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: This study explores HIV/AIDS communication strategies among church leaders at predominately African American churches in a metropolitan city and surrounding areas in North Carolina. The church leaders contacted for the study are members of an interfaith-based HIV/AIDS program. The researchers used semi-standardized interviews to explore how church leaders address HIV/AIDS in the church. The findings indicate that the seven church leaders who participated in the study use a variety of communication channels to disseminate HIV/AIDS information for congregants and their surrounding communities, which include both interpersonal and mass media.
    Journal of Religion and Health 09/2012; 51(3):865-78. DOI:10.1007/s10943-010-9396-x · 1.02 Impact Factor
  • Source
    • "Religious affiliation and participation also has been shown to reduce African-American adolescents' likelihood of initiating or engaging in sexual behavior and to delay the onset of sexual activity (Francis et al. 2009; Smith et al. 2005). Adolescents who report frequently attending church and actively participating in church, or who rate religion as something that is important in their lives are less likely to be sexually active than their peers who report lower religiosity (Davidson et al. 2008; Nonnemaker et al. 2003; Lefkowitz et al. 2004). "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: This study describes the ways in which two African-American churches discuss adolescent sexual health topics. Six focus groups were conducted in two churches in Flint, Michigan, that reported no formal sexual health programming for their congregants. Three themes emerged to highlight the different perspectives about the role of churches in adolescent sexual decision-making and sexual health education: (1) churches as sources of sexual information, (2) churches as complex communities, and (3) recommendations for sexual education in churches. Participant responses suggest that churches can and should serve a resource for sexual health information. Implications for practice and research are discussed.
    Journal of Religion and Health 07/2012; 53(2). DOI:10.1007/s10943-012-9632-7 · 1.02 Impact Factor
Show more