Connect to protect and the creation of AIDS-competent communities.

TitleConnect to protect and the creation of AIDS-competent communities.
Publication TypePublication
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsReed SJ, Miller RLin
Corporate AuthorsAdolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions
JournalAIDS Educ Prev
Date Published2013 Jun
KeywordsAdolescent, Capacity Building, Child, Community Networks, Community-Based Participatory Research, Cooperative Behavior, Female, Health Promotion, HIV Infections, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male, Organizational Innovation, Residence Characteristics, Sexual Behavior, Social Facilitation, Social Support, Young Adult

<p>The development of community capacity is integral to reducing the burden of HIV in high-risk populations (Kippax, 2012). This study examines how coalitions addressing structural level determinants of HIV among youth are generating community capacity and creating AIDS-competent communities. AIDS-competent communities are defined as communities that can facilitate sexual behavior change, reduce HIV/AIDS–related stigma, support people living with HIV/AIDS, and cooperate in HIV–related prevention practices. This study shows how the coalitions are fostering the resources indicative of AIDS-competent communities: knowledge and skills, enhanced dialogue among relevant sectors of the community, local ownership of a problem, confidence in local strengths, solidarity or bonding social capital, and bridging partnerships. These data show that the coalitions catalyzed several outcomes aside from the completion of their structural changes. Coalition members are developing the skills, resources, and relationships that can ostensibly build a heightened community response to HIV prevention.</p>

Alternate JournalAIDS Educ Prev
PubMed ID23762979
PubMed Central IDPMC3764995
Grant ListU01 HD040474 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
2U01 HD040533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States