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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III - Session IV

Black Church-based HIV Intervention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rates of HIV/AIDS among African Americans are disproportionate to non-black communities (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011). As of November 2011, African Americans accounted for 44% of all new HIV/AIDS infections during that year (CDC, 2011). Historically, the black church has been in the forefront of most public health initiatives concerning African American communities. Research shows that there is little support for church-based HIV initiatives. Research also shows that negative attitudes held by the black church towards those living with HIV are fueled by a lack of knowledge about how HIV transmission, creating barriers to church-based HIV intervention. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between knowledge of HIV modes of transmission and stigmas held toward people living with HIV/AIDS. The International AIDS questionnaire and attitude scale were administered to 50 elected church board members of a black church. A simple linear regression test was conducted to see if there is a relationship between the level of knowledge about HIV transmission modes and attitudes held toward people living with HIV/AIDS. A strong, statistically significant correlation was observed between HIV/AIDS attitudes and knowledge about HIV transmission.

Presenter: Shirlyn Washington (State University at Brockport) --
Topic: Health - Poster Session
Location: Edwards Hall Lobby
Time: 9 am (Session I)