HIV prevention issues for American Indians and culturally appropriate HIV prevention strategies for rural American Indian communities
M Sabori1, G Sabori2
1Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., Phoenix, United States; 2Gila River Indian Community, Sacaton, United States
Issues: American Indians throughout the United States face many challenges in preventing HIV and managing those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. For many American Indian communities, there is a severe lack of resources allocated to HIV prevention. Presumably, other health and social ills such as diabetes, alcoholism, etc. are identified as top health priorities by tribal health officials. However, the rates of new HIV cases within the American Indian population are increasing.
Description: The 1998 National Native HIV/AIDS Needs Assessment was the first national attempt to assess the training and technical assistance needs of HIV prevention programs serving American Indian populations. The needs assessment surveyed a variety of subjects to gain a comprehensive perspective of the epidemiological, organizational development, collaboration, social science research, and biomedical research within American Indian urban and rural communities. The survey subjects included tribal HIV prevention providers, Indian Health Service (IHS) Service Units, State Health Departments, Substance Abuse Program Directors, Tribal Health Directors, Tribal Leaders, and urban Indian Health Program Directors. The findings have greatly impacted the planning and advocacy for HIV prevention, as well as increased the funding capacity of some urban and tribal programs.
Lessons Learned: The impact of HIV/AIDS has greatly affected American Indian urban and rural communities. However, the urgency for HIV prevention may not be a health priority as identified by tribal health officials and tribal leaders as they struggle to manage other health challenges.
Recommendations: The need to integrate HIV prevention into existing health services has become a major initiative. This ensures that comprehensive health maintenance is coupled with prevention and improves the standards of care for American Indians across the United States.
The XIV International AIDS Conference
Abstract no. ThPeD7727
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