African American Churches and HIV Prevention
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This paper examines the growing role of African-American churches in disseminating educational materials and running programs about HIV/AIDS prevention. Church involvement is seen as especially relevant in light of the disproportionate number of African Americans afflicted with HIV/AIDS. The paper goes on to discuss the importance of churches in African-American culture and the potential they have for reaching large numbers of members through new initiatives. The author suggests that churches may not have become involved with AIDS ministries until recently because there may be a reluctance to discuss issues related to sexuality. The paper concludes that African-American churches serve as an incredible resource to reach many African Americans with HIV/AIDS and to work toward prevention as well.
From the Paper:"Given the overwhelming, increasing burden of HIV/AIDS in the African American community, particularly among African American women, greater emphasis has been placed on involving African American churches and the faith community in HIV/AIDS prevention and education services. Traditionally, the African American church has played a pivotal role in the African American community. African American churches have promoted educational opportunities, economic growth, and civil rights,3,4 as well as served as a source of refuge, empowerment, social development, and information for members of the African American community.4 Also, African American churches have more recently become actively involved in health education and prevention concerning diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV/AIDS among African Americans. Retrieved on April 13, 2004 from http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pubs/facts/afam.htm.
- Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. (2003). HIV/AIDS policy fact sheet, African Americans and HIV/AIDS.
- Norris, M. (1995). The Black church & the AIDS crisis, focus paper #29. Retrieved on April 11, 2004 from http://gbgm-umc.org/health/hivfocus/focus029.stm.
- Weatherford, R.J., & Weatherford, C.B. Somebody's knocking at your door, AIDS and the African-American church. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Pastoral Press, 1999.
- Baker, S. (1999). HIV/AIDS, nurses, and the Black church: A case study. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 10, 71-79.
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