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June 2010: Homophobia, Religion and HIV

Ex-gay ministries teach that homosexuality is a sin that can be "cured" through religion and conversion therapy. In recent months, American ex-gay ministries and evangelical churches have been linked to a proposed Ugandan bill that orders the death penalty for "serial offender" homosexuals and HIV-positive people convicted of having gay sex. They have also been connected to antigay protests at a Kenyan AIDS service organization. Evidence shows that homophobia is a barrier to effective HIV outreach, prevention, testing and care. What do you think?
 
1. Do you believe that homosexuality is a sin?
Yes, but only if you act on
Yes, even if you don't act on it
No, homosexuality is not a sin
 
2. Do you believe that LGBT people can become straight through religion and/or conversion therapy?
Yes
No
 
3. Do you think ex-gay ministries contribute to increased homophobia?
Yes
No
 
4. Do you think American evangelicals contribute to increased homophobia?
Yes
No
 
5. Do you believe Americans still consider HIV to be a "gay disease"?
Yes, most people do
Yes, about half the population does
Yes, but only a few do
No
 
6. Do you think homophobia helps spread HIV/AIDS?
Yes
No
 
7. Do you think attaining LGBT equality will influence the spread of HIV/AIDS?
Yes, it will lower the spread of HIV
Yes, it will increase the spread of HIV
No, it will not affect the spread of HIV
 
8. Do you think politicians should speak out against ex-gay ministries?
No, this is a private religious matter
Yes, this is a matter of public health
 
9. Which is more stigmatizing…
Having HIV
Being homosexual
They are equally stigmatizing
 
10. Has homophobia prevented you from seeking HIV care? (Choose all that apply.)
No, it has not been an issue for me
Yes, I'm afraid to seek care because people may think I'm gay
Yes, I'm afraid to seek care because I am gay
 
11. How often do you attend religious services and church activities?
Several times a week
Once a week
One to three times a month
Only on special occasions such as holidays or weddings
I am spiritual/religious but do not attend services
I am not religious
 
12. What is your sexual orientation?
Straight
Gay/Lesbian
Bisexual
Other
 
13. What is your gender?
Male
Female
Transgender
Other
 
14. What religious tradition do you belong to?
Buddhist
Jewish
Muslim
Protestant
Roman Catholic
None
(please specify) 
 
15. What is your ethnicity (Check all that apply.)
American Indian or Alaska Native
Arab or Middle Eastern
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
White
(please specify) 



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