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Title: Christians’ perceptions of HIV prevention in Benin City, Nigeria : implications for HIV/AIDS communication
Authors: Usadolo, Sam Erevbenagie 
Keywords: Communication Ethics;Development Communication;Health Communication;Religious beliefs;Condom use;Divine punishment;HIV/AIDS communication
Issue Date: 23-Aug-2019
Publisher: Cogent OA
Source: Usadolo, S. E. 2019. Christians’ perceptions of HIV prevention in Benin City, Nigeria: implications for HIV/AIDS communication Cogent Medicine. Available: doi:10.1080/2331205X.2019.1658957
Journal: Cogent Medicine 
Abstract: 
Christians’ perceptions of HIV prevention and the extent to which their perceptions influence communication about the different options for HIV prevention in Benin City is examined in order to suggest possible HIV-communication strategies. Qualitative data collected from 85 participants in Benin City, Nigeria, through
unstructured interviews are analyzed. Analysis of the qualitative data collected reveals a prevailing belief among Christian leaders and members of their churches that being a Christian insulates one against HIV. The analysis also reveals the characterisation of HIV/AIDS as a disease of sinners or people with loose morals and
HIV is regarded as a divine punishment by some of the participants and mostly a problem of homosexuals. The study provides the grounds for developing health communication intervention practices, using one of the key community influencers such as pastors to reach communities in efforts to stem the tide of HIV infections in
Africa. The findings identify the views of Christians that can be used in considering HIV communication in the city studied.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10321/3444
ISSN: 2331-205X
DOI: 10.1080/2331205X.2019.1658957
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