Integrating Buddhism and HIV prevention in U.S. Southeast Asian communities

Sana Loue, Sandra D. Lane, Linda S. Lloyd, Leng Loh

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Asian Pacific Islander communities in the United States have experienced an alarming increase in HIV infection over the past few years, possibly due to a lack of knowledge and the relative absence of appro-priate educational interventions. The authors propose a new approach to the development of HIV prevention programs in U.S. southeast Asian communities. This article reviews the cultural and economic factors that may facilitate HIV transmission within these communities. Relying on the basic precepts of Buddhism, the dominant religion of many southeast Asian populations in the United States, the health belief model is utilized to demonstrate how recognizable, acceptable religious constructs can be integrated into the content of HIV prevention messages. This integration of religious concepts with HIV prevention messages may increase the likelihood that the message audience will accept the prevention messages as relevant. This nuanced approach to HIV prevention must be validated and refined through field research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-121
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Buddhism
  • Ethics
  • HIV prevention
  • Religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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