Faith-based HIV Prevention for African American MSM

Investigator: Susan Kegeles, PhD
Sponsor: California HIV/AIDS Research Program

Location(s): United States


The goal of this project, which was originally conducted in collaboration with the Unity Fellowship Church Movement, was to determine what approaches to HIV prevention for young Black men who have sex with men could be implemented by faith-based organizations.

We assessed the capacity, interest and attitudes of certain Black churches towards HIV prevention by conducting 22 semi-structured telephone interviews with representatives of select Black churches in California. Additionally, we conducted six focus groups with young Black MSM:

  • Two groups with young Black MSM who did not attend church to discuss their attitudes towards churches running HIV prevention programs

  • Two groups with HIV- or unknown HIV status young Black MSM to discuss their opinions and experiences regarding HIV testing and the role that church-based interventions could play in encouraging testing

  • Two groups with HIV+ young Black MSM to discuss issues related to HIV treatment and support for positive people, particularly through church-based interventions

    After analyzing the results of the focus groups and interviews, we collaborated with two Boards of Cultural Experts, men and women from faith-based organizations, who helped interpret the study’s findings and made recommendations about the foundations for HIV prevention interventions for Black faith-based organizations.