Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 58, Issue 5, pp 1857–1871 | Cite as

“Not in My House”: Perspectives on HIV/AIDS of Afro-Caribbean Adolescents Living in South Florida

  • Cynthia M. ArchibaldEmail author
  • Corinne I. Barnes
  • Rupert Rhodd
  • Elizabeth O. Adenmosun
Original Paper


Florida has the highest number of PLWH in the USA, with the highest incidence being among young African-Americans. The purpose of this qualitative inquiry was to gain an understanding of the knowledge and attitudes to HIV/AIDS among Afro-Caribbean adolescents. Using a faith-based community, we conducted four focus group sessions with 40 Afro-Caribbean teens. Descriptive content and thematic analyses were used to examine the data. Themes identified include awareness gap, temptation everywhere, testing anxiety and stigma. Recommendations include continued exploration and interventions to address stigma in faith-based communities. Implications are discussed.


Afro-Caribbean Adolescents HIV/AIDS prevention Faith-based 



This project was supported by the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors report no real or perceived vested interests that relate to this article (including relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, grantors, or other entities whose products or services are related to topics covered in this manuscript) that could be construed as a conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

We received permission from the IRB at Florida Atlantic University before the recruitment and data collection began. We also received parental permission and adolescent assents for participation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Christine E. Lynn College of NursingFlorida Atlantic UniversityDavieUSA
  2. 2.University of the West IndiesKingstonJamaica
  3. 3.Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

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