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Pennsylvania: Be the Change -- HIV/AIDS Faith-Based Anti-Stigma Campaign

February 29, 2012

Their stories are not uncommon: people affected by HIV/AIDS who find themselves rejected or ostracized by their faith community. While more clergy are addressing the epidemic, much work remains to be done to end the isolation. This is the goal of the "Be the Change: HIV/AIDS Faith-Based Anti-Stigma Campaign," a partnership of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health's Pennsylvania Prevention Project and the Allegheny Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

With a key message of "It's not who you are but what you do that places you at risk of HIV infection," the partnership has created culturally specific and age-appropriate workshops from a public health perspective for clergy and parishioners. Session topics include: "Establishing Effective Health Ministries," "HIV/AIDS Basics," "Seniors and HIV/AIDS," and "HIV/AIDS and African-American Youth." "Special Me, Changing Me" is a workshop designed for adolescents, and "Decision-Making in the Age of HIV/AIDS" is available for teens.

As part of the project, clergy and their spouses are featured on hand-fans with anti-HIV stigma messages. The fans were designed to be distributed within church sanctuaries.

For more information, including how to schedule a workshop, telephone Debra Dennison at 412-383-3137.

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Adapted from:
New Pittsburgh Courier

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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