hand in hand: a guide for spiritual leaders to prevent HIV transmission and eliminate HIV stigma within Australian migrant and refugee communities.
This resource provides you, as a spiritual leader, with insights on how you can contribute to preventing HIV transmission and address HIV stigma in your community and congregation.
Why spiritual leaders?
As a spiritual leader, you hold a place of respect, authority and leadership in society. As such, you have the opportunity to make a real difference in addressing HIV/AIDS in your community and congregation.
Your position can play a pivotal role in preventing HIV transmission; addressing
the debilitating effects of HIV stigma, and advocating for, and providing care and
support to, people living with HIV.
HIV in Australia
- an estimated 25,708 people were living with HIV at the end of 2012
- of the 5,525 people newly diagnosed with HIV between 2008 and 2012, approximately 2,387 were born overseas
- among migrants who were newly diagnosed between 2008 and 2012, the
majority (1,391) were born in sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, North Africa and the Middle East
- more women (835) than men (556) from sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, were newly diagnosed with HIV between 2008 and 2012
Last reviewed: Sept 2016
Target audience: General
Resource Type: Tip/Fact Sheets