Came across this while working on my comprehensive exam. #ilovepublichealth #healthandreligion #myworkmatters

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Congregants wearing AIDS ribbons at Black church service

By Terrinieka Williams Powell, PhD (Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health)

The CDC notes that African Americans have the most severe burden of HIV of all racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Despite accounting for less than 15% of the U.S. population, African Americans account for nearly half of all new HIV infections. Because many people turn to churches for guidance and spiritual support, could Black churches also serve as key venues for HIV prevention for African Americans? Maybe… Findings from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life indicate that 85% of U.S. Blacks report religion as being very important to them and more than half of Blacks report attending religious services at least once a week.

But still, this is HIV… would anyone really consider Black churches as a viable option for prevention efforts given the stigma and silence around sex, drugs and…

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