Involvement of religious leaders in HIV prevention, South Africa
2011 (English)In: Svensk Missionstidsskrift, ISSN 0346-217X, Vol. 99, no 2, 119-135 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Religious leaders do not easily get involved in HIV prevention for young people since discussing sexuality publicly is taboo. A self-administrated questionnaire survey was conducted among local religious leaders (n=215) August-October 2008, when they convened at regional meetings in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The questionnaire included socio-demographic data, previous HIV education and attitudes to HIV prevention for young people, policy issues, and questions on stigma. The participants (186 males, 29females) were affiliated to the Catholic Church (66), Lutheran church (82),and the Assemblies of God (67). Religious leaders regarded themselves as responsible for educating young people about HIV, and were interested in topics concerning young people’s sexuality. However, only 39% reported that their church had run a life-skill programme for youth in the last six months. The results indicated that religious leaders who had participated in HIV training were more likely to have arranged a life-skill programme for young people and also more likely to have taken an HIV test.
Religious leaders were positive about further training on HIV- related issues, and if learning opportunities are offered to them, this might increase their involvement in HIV prevention among young people.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 99, no 2, 119-135 p.
Religious leaders, HIV prevention, young people, South Africa
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject International Health
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