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Randomized Controlled Trial
. 2016 Jun;50(3):480-5.
doi: 10.1007/s12160-015-9758-4.

An HIV Testing Intervention in African American Churches: Pilot Study Findings

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Randomized Controlled Trial

An HIV Testing Intervention in African American Churches: Pilot Study Findings

Jannette Berkley-Patton et al. Ann Behav Med. .
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Abstract

Background: African Americans are disproportionately burdened by HIV. The African American church is an influential institution with potential to increase reach of HIV prevention interventions in Black communities.

Purpose: This study examined HIV testing rates in African American churches in the Taking It to the Pews pilot project. Using a community-engaged approach, church leaders delivered religiously-tailored HIV education and testing materials/activities (e.g., sermons, brochures/bulletins, testimonials) to church and community members.

Methods: Four African American churches (N=543 participants) located in the Kansas City metropolitan area were randomized to intervention and comparison groups. Receipt of an HIV test was assessed at baseline and 6 months.

Results: Findings indicated intervention participants were 2.2 times more likely to receive an HIV test than comparisons at 6 months. Church leaders delivered about 2 tools per month.

Conclusions: Church-based HIV testing interventions are feasible and have potential to increase HIV testing rates in African American communities.

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Flow of Churches and Participants through Completion of 6-Month Assessment; Taking It to the Pews

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