Factors Influencing Black Churches’ Readiness to Address HIV


This study employed a community-based participatory research approach to understand factors that influence church readiness to engage in HIV prevention and treatment activities. A convenience sample of twenty-six Black faith leaders participated in four focus groups. Data analysis was done through qualitative content analysis. Three themes emerged. First, the pastor’s blessing and authority as the church’s decision-maker determines readiness to engage in HIV prevention. Second, the church’s purview of sexual health as part of a holistic ministry facilitates faith leader’s readiness. Lastly, securing financial and human resources makes it feasible for faith leaders to implement activities. Findings suggest HIV-related stigma alone does not explain readiness to address HIV. Participants also discussed activities their churches are equipped to handle, including HIV testing events and health fairs.

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Journal of Religion and Health