Religious congregations and the growing needs of older adults with HIV

Mark Brennan, Shiela M. Strauss, Stephen E. Karpiak

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By 2015, half of those with HIV will be over age 50. This group has a high level of needs, lacks social supports, and will need to access community services such as those provided by religious congregations. We examined whether disclosure to a congregation would pose a barrier to accessing congregational services among adults 50 and older with HIV (n = 819). Fifty-three percent had disclosed, but those who did not disclose generally remained engaged with their congregations. Findings suggest that congregations can be a feasible source of support for older adults with HIV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-328
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2010


  • Chronic illness
  • HIV stigma
  • Religious participation
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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