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"No More Buzz": A Qualitative Study of the Current Response to HIV in the Anglican Church in the Western Cape, South Africa.

"No More Buzz": A Qualitative Study of the Current Response to HIV in the Anglican Church in the Western Cape, South Africa.
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Hallonsten S,


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Hallonsten S,

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Journal of religion and health 56(4) 1201-1211 doi 10.1007/s10943-017-0397-x

Abstract

Using a triangulation design combining participant observation, survey results, and interviews, this paper studies the current form of the response to HIV in the local Anglican Church in the Western Cape, South Africa. The results show that people are generally aware of HIV. The "buzz" around HIV has, however, subsided. The local church does not directly engage HIV anymore, and HIV is more mentioned than talked about. HIV stigma continues to pose a challenge. To work towards the prevention of HIV, the local church needs to put HIV back on the agenda and continue to speak about the virus.

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