A Mid-South Perspective: African American Faith-based Organizations, HIV, and Stigma

Tamara D. Otey, Wendy Miller

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Abstract

Shelby County, Tennessee has the fastest growing rate of HIV infection in the state, and the majority of new infections are in African Americans. In 2011, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report stated that Memphis (the largest city in Shelby County) ranked seventh highest in new HIV infections. Little research has addressed HIV-related themes in African American culture that could hinder HIV prevention measures. Our qualitative study engaged African American, faith-based leaders in areas with high rates of HIV in meaningful conversations regarding their attitudes toward HIV and those who are infected. Although faith-based leaders felt they had a role in HIV prevention, only 4% in our study had participated in HIV prevention activities, but they were open to HIV prevention programs. We found that faith-based leaders had limited knowledge of health disparities and ongoing stigma concerning HIV, which served as a major barrier to HIV prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
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StateAccepted/In press - 2016

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Keywords

  • African American
  • Faith-based leaders
  • Faith-based organizations
  • HIV
  • Implementation science
  • Stigma

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  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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