Review of HIV Testing Efforts in Historically Black Churches
AbstractThis paper aims to critically assess the state of HIV testing in African American churches. A comprehensive review of peer-reviewed publications on HIV testing in church-based settings was conducted by two independent coders. Twenty-six papers published between 1991 and 2015, representing 24 unique projects, were identified addressing at least one dimension of HIV testing. Thirteen faith-based projects have implemented HIV testing events or had clergy promote the importance of testing and knowing one’s HIV status, but empirical data and rigorous study designs were limited. Only eight papers reported onsite HIV testing in churches. Less than 5% of the studies reported the percentage of congregants who returned for their test results. Finally, no study has examined at baseline or post-intervention behavioral intentions to be screened for HIV. Future research is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of HIV testing in churches and to explore the possibilities of the role of the church and leadership structure in the promotion of HIV treatment and care. View Full-Text
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Pichon, L.C.; Powell, T.W. Review of HIV Testing Efforts in Historically Black Churches. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 6016-6026.
Pichon LC, Powell TW. Review of HIV Testing Efforts in Historically Black Churches. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2015; 12(6):6016-6026.Chicago/Turabian Style
Pichon, Latrice C.; Powell, Terrinieka W. 2015. "Review of HIV Testing Efforts in Historically Black Churches." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 12, no. 6: 6016-6026.