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Belief in AIDS as a Form of Genocide: Implications for HIV Prevention Programs for African Americans

Quinn, Sandra Crouse (1997) Belief in AIDS as a Form of Genocide: Implications for HIV Prevention Programs for African Americans. Journal of Health Education, 28 (6). S6-S11.

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this article is to examine factors associated with belief that AIDS is a form of genocide and trust in federal government reports on AIDS in a cross-sectional sample of 1,054 black church members. Reports in both the professional literature and mass media have documented fears that AIDS is a form of genocide unleashed on black Americans, and distrust of reports on AIDS.Results from this study demonstrate that a substantial number of participants believe that belief in genocide is not accounted for by levels of AIDS knowledge. Belief in genocide may be a modern urban legend that need not be a barrier for AIDS education. Implications for development of AIDS education sensitive to the cultural context of African Americans are described.


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    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: AIDS; genocide; trust; urban legend; African Americans
    Subjects: Health > Health Equity > Bioethics
    Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > HIV/Aids
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      Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2008
      Last Modified: 19 Jul 2011 09:40
      Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/899

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