Shun or support: The role of religious behaviors and HIV-related health care among drug users in Baltimore, Maryland

Carl A. Latkin, Karin E. Tobin, Stephanie H. Gilbert

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Abstract

We examined the relationship between religious behavior and HIV antibody testing, serostatus, and receiving medical care among a sample of inner-city former and current injection-drug users. Recency of church attendance, guidance from religion, and religious denomination were used as indicators for religious behavior. More recent church attendance was significantly associated with HIV testing, HIV-positive serostatus, and receiving medical care for HIV in multivariate regression models, even after adjusting for possible confounders. The findings suggest that the church may be an important source of support and social regulation among HIV-infected inner-city African-American drug users. Further studies examining how the church serves as a mechanism for HIV testing and medical care are warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-329
Number of pages9
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

Keywords

  • HIV infection
  • HIV medical care
  • HIV testing
  • Injection-drug users
  • Religious behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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