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Do I have to implement all the strategies recommended in the manual?

The Activity Manual provides various suggestions, educational tools, and strategies to help you and your congregation incorporate HIV activism. We understand that incorporating HIV activism into a spiritual setting may be perceived as a difficult process, but it is possible to begin with small steps even in the most conservative environments.  In reading the Manual, you may even learn that your church is already engaging in activities that address HIV as a social justice issue and not even be aware of your current activism. For example, if your church is hosting a Saturday workshop that teaches individuals how to job search, build a resume, and/or interview for a job, it is not only helping someone to gain employment, but addressing the high rates of unemployment among African Americans, which is one of the many socio-economic factors that plays a role in the high prevalence rates of HIV transmission in Black communities.

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