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J Correct Health Care. 2017 Apr;23(2):230-242. doi: 10.1177/1078345817700615. Epub 2017 Mar 30.

Exploring HIV Risk and Ex-Offender Status Among African American Church Populations: Considerations for Faith-Based Settings.

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1 Psychology Department, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO, USA.
2
2 Behavioral Health Department, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO, USA.

Abstract

Studies with the general population indicate that involvement in the correctional system is strongly associated with the risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. However, limited studies have examined ex-offender status and HIV risk among African Americans-a population disproportionately impacted by incarceration and HIV-and even fewer have examined these risks among African American church-affiliated populations. This study examined ex-offender status, HIV risks, and perceptions of church involvement in HIV prevention strategies among 484 participants affiliated with African American churches. Findings indicate ex-offender participants were more likely to have been tested for HIV and believed the church should be involved in HIV prevention strategies. Future research, practice, and recommendations on the design of culturally and religiously tailored interventions for ex-offender HIV prevention, screening, and linkage to care in African American church settings are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

African American; HIV; church; ex-offender

PMID:
28358230
DOI:
10.1177/1078345817700615
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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