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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 94-101

Spiritual interventions for preventing HIV/AIDS in Iran

1 Spiritual Health Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Religion Philosophy and Classics, Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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Prof. Nadereh Memaryan
Spiritual Health Research Center, School of Behavioral Sciences and Mental Health, Shahid Mansouri Street, Niyayesh Street, Satarkhan Avenue, Tehran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/japtr.JAPTR_292_18

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Developing health programs based on the beliefs and values of communities has a great impact. Given the priority and importance of AIDS and its transmission through high-risk sexual behaviors, we sought to design a religious/spiritual intervention for preventing AIDS. Relevant statements were extracted from the literature and spiritual/religion documents, and the study questions were reviewed by a modified Delphi consensus panel. The statements were arranged in four areas of recipients, main components, providers, and settings for spiritual interventions. Using the existing capacities for Islamic spiritual interventions to prevent and control AIDS requires the development of executive factors along with underlying factors, such as infrastructure and facilities for the provision of interventions. The results of this study can lay the groundwork for supplementary studies.

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