HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Beliefs may hinder HIV prevention among African-Americans

CORVALLIS, Ore. A new study suggests that a number of African Americans are distrustful of the government's role in the origin and treatment of HIV/AIDS and that African American men who have such beliefs also have more negative attitudes toward condoms and use them less consistently.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, one of the National Institutes of Health. It was published this week in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

It is the believed to be the first study to examine a wide range of HIV/AIDS conspiracy beliefs and their relationship with condom use.

"These 'conspiracy theories' have been out there for a while and are part of a larger distrust of government, as well as of medical and public health institutions, by many African Americans," said Sheryl Thorburn, an associate professor of public health at Oregon State University and co-author of the study. "But this is one of the first studies to show that these beliefs about HIV/AIDS may be affecting behavior."

The researchers conducted a national telephone survey with 500 randomly selected African Americans, ages 15-44. Included in the survey were questions about HIV/AIDS beliefs, attitudes toward condoms, and condom use.

More than half (53.4 percent) of those surveyed said they believe that there is a cure for AIDS, but that it is being withheld from the poor. Only 37 percent felt that the government was telling the truth about AIDS. Among the other findings:

  • 43.6 percent of African Americans surveyed felt that people who take new medicines for HIV are human guinea pigs for the government;
  • 26.6 percent said AIDS was produced in a government laboratory;
  • 48.2 percent believed that HIV is a man-made virus;
  • 15.2 percent said AIDS is a form of genocide against blacks. "We need more open discussion about these beliefs, because they are very real," Thorburn said.

    The
    '"/>



  • Contact: Sheryl Thorburn
    sheryl.thorburn@oregonstate.edu
    541-737-9493
    Oregon State University
    25-Jan-2005


    Page: 1 2

    Related medicine news :

    1. Drug that hinders blood vessel growth under study in ovarian cancer
    2. Medical technologies may hinder rather than help newborn survival
    3. Obesity hinders imaging quality, diagnosis
    4. Lack of awareness about stroke hinders use of life-saving drugs, precludes testing of new therapies
    5. Survival sex and substance abuse may hinder HIV prevention efforts
    6. Hot flash drug may hinder effectiveness of tamoxifen
    7. How a nightcap may hinder rather than help your sleep
    8. Urban childrens low perceptions of health could hinder educational success
    9. Physical, mental health illnesses hinder low-income families economic security
    10. Depression, anxiety and stress can hinder diabetics ability to control blood sugar
    11. International breast cancer prevention study launches in the United States and Canada

    Post Your Comments:
    *Name:
    *Comment:
    *Email:


    (Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids Fun ... NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, is ... is geared towards children of all ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, which ...
    (Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of the ... is the creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, ... he spent thirty years in the Navy. Following his career as a naval ...
    (Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( https://isocomforter.com ... the introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. The shoulder ... maximum comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and ...
    (Date:10/12/2017)... Malvern, PA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... is the recipient of a 2017 Folio Magazine Eddie Digital Award for ‘Best ... New York City on October 11, 2017. , The annual award competition recognizes editorial ...
    (Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... In ... taxes a year. In some states—like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, Virginia, ... overseas retirement havens have extremely low property-tax rates, which contributes to the relatively ...
    Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
    (Date:10/2/2017)... announces the European launch of their new low volume, high throughput ... Cambridge, U.K on October 4th. The new ... unprecedented speed and sensitivity while using far less sample volume through ... ... ...
    (Date:9/28/2017)... , Sept. 28, 2017 Cohen Veterans Bioscience ... the use of wearable and home sensors for real-time ... Early Signal Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on disruptive ... provide an affordable analytical system to record and integrate ... ...
    (Date:9/25/2017)... , Sept. 25, 2017   Montrium , ... File solutions, today—from the IQPC Trial Master Files ... , NL)—announced that EastHORN Clinical Services has selected ... programs and TMF management. EastHORN, a leading European ... platform to increase transparency to enable greater collaboration ...
    Breaking Medicine Technology:
    Cached News: