Engaging black sub-Saharan African communities and their gatekeepers in HIV prevention programs

Engaging black sub-Saharan African communities and their gatekeepers in HIV prevention programs: Challenges and strategies from England
Authors: Nyashanu, Mathew; Serrant, Laura

HIV infection is a sensitive issue in black communities [Serrant-Green L. Black Caribbean men, sexual health decisions and silences. Doctoral thesis. Nottingham School of Nursing, University of Nottingham; 2004]. Statistics show black sub-Saharan African (BSSA) communities disproportionately constitute two-thirds of people with HIV [Heath Protection Agency. Health protection report: latest infection reports-GOV.UK; 2013]. African communities constitute 30% of people accessing HIV treatment in the United Kingdom yet represent less than 1% of the population [Health Protection Agency. HIV in the United Kingdom: 2012 report; 2012], [Department of Health. DVD about FGM. 2012. Available from fgm@dh.gsi.gov.uk.]. This article explores the sociocultural challenges in engaging BSSA communities in HIV prevention programs in England and possible strategies to improve their involvement.

Keywords: African communities; HIV prevention; gatekeepers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15212/FMCH.2016.0130