The Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP) at Indiana University has prepared a new fact sheet detailing the challenges of HIV prevention, education and treatment in rural areas of the U.S. as well as some strategies which seem to have produced some promising results.
HIV/STD prevention, education and treatment are very different in rural settings compared to metropolitan areas. There seems to be more fear, shame and stigma here and a great deal of finesse is often required in approaching many issues - especially where it involves sexuality, teenagers and/or tight-knit (religious) communities. This document, number twenty-three in a series, provides excellent information and strategies for those of us working on HIV/STD prevention, education and treatment in rural communities.
All of the fact sheets are excellent resources and cover a variety of relevant rural topics. They are available here. Multiple print copies are available directly from RCAP by request (firstname.lastname@example.org).