Objectives. To examine the association between social factors in faith-based settings (including religiosity and proximity to people living with HIV/AIDS) and HIV stigma. Methods. A total of 1747 congregants from primarily African American faith-based organizations of Project FAITH (Fostering AIDS Initiatives That Heal), a South Carolina statewide initiative to address HIV-related stigma, completed a survey. Results. Female gender (P = .001), higher education (P <.001), knowing someone with HIV/AIDS (P = .01), and knowing someone who is gay (P <.001), but not religiosity, were associated with lower levelsof stigma and with lower oddsof stigmatizing attitudes (P <.05). Conclusions. Opportunities for connection with people living with HIV/AIDS tailored to the social characteristics of faith-based organizations may address HIV stigma in African American communities.
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- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health