Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Austin Nation, RN PHN MSN , School of Nursing, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
This 20 minute production examines the ongoing struggle and controversial relationship between The Church and People Living with HIV/AIDS particularly women and communities of color. In three acts, the play compares the responses by the church when dealing with a person with cancer, a married man who tests HIV positive after sleeping around with both men and women and in the third act, the innocent woman whose husband, from Act 2, infected her with the HIV virus. How then can these two communities, churches and people living with HIV, come together without prejudice, condemnation, judgment?

Numerous performances in faith-based organizations throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernadino Counties, community groups like National Assocation for Advancing Colored People (NAACP) and community events such as the Black History Parade. Q&A session follows each performance and sometimes testing is also provided. These are often times just as powerful as the performance itself.

Since 2006, this play has been receiving increasing recognition and request to perform outside of our local county. We would like to share the script with others in hopes of broadening the ease of having HIV prevention education done in collaboration with the faith-based community and community organizations.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Discuss and describe the challenges of doing HIV prevention education in the black churches.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Family Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the writer and director of this project
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.