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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
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ABSTRACT 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.

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