Religion, Culture, Psychology Affect AIDS Efforts

Here are a couple of interesting items that could have particular relevance to faith-based organizations involved in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

1.  UN report looks at the impact of religious and cultural factors in HIV/AIDS prevention efforts

A recent report by the UN Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa states that religious and cultural issues both help and hinder efforts at HIV/AIDS prevention around the world.  According to this article on Medical News Today, the report notes that “religion can have a positive impact on the fight against HIV/AIDS.”  The report also stressed the negative results of gender stereotypes and “unequal sexual relationships” and expectations.

2.  Study examines the impact of “psychosocial” factors in HIV/AIDS treatment

A scientific study being published in a special issue of the journal Psychosomatic Medicine looks at the impact of “psychosocial influences such as stress, depression and trauma” on people being treated for HIV, according to this article on Medical News Today.  Coeditor of the special journal issue Jane Leserman said “We hope this special issue will serve as a catalyst for healthcare providers to address these problems as part of standard HIV care.”

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~ by h.e.g. on June 19, 2008.

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