The St. Fleur family is well respected in the Haitian community because they are religious with great moral values. They moved to the United States because of political issues in Haiti. Ronald, the youngest son of this family, is 27 years old and lives at home with his mother and father. Recently, he began having fevers and subsequently developed pneumonia. He was admitted to the hospital, where laboratory tests were HIV positive. Ronald was in shock when the doctor informed him that he was HIV positive. He confessed to the doctor that he was gay, but he could not tell his family. He said that he did not want to bring shame to the family. Because he couldn’t be in a formal relationship disowning to his family and the Haitian community’s view of homosexuality, he has been very promiscuous over the years.
- What are Haitians’ views of homosexuality?
- If Ronald’s parents were to learn of his positive HIV status, how might they react if they are religious and traditional?
- Identify three major culturally congruent strategies a healthcare provider can implement to address HIV prevention practices in the Haitian community?
- Your initial post should be at least 750 words, formatted and cited in current APA style with support from at least 2 academic sources.
Requirements: at least 750 words
As a healthcare provider considering implementing HIV prevention strategies in this community, it is vital to learn the culture of the community concerning health and treatment. The Haitian community is culturally based; therefore, understanding their approach toward health and treatment will play an important role in devising the most effective prevention practices (Weber, 2018). For example, the Haitian community believes that Vodou is the cause of diseases and suffering. The first culturally based intervention will be to comprehend the Haitian cultural approaches to health from communication with different people in the community. Learning from community heads, women, and family heads will provide information the healthcare giver must integrate when formulating HIV prevention practices. After learning the different facets of the culture, educating the members regarding HIV, how its contracted, treatment, and prevention follows. Devieux et al. (2015) recognize that the roles of community and family heads in the administration of information will help the health care provider use their help in successfully transmitting information on HIV education.