Title

Islam and HIV related social services in Malaysia

Keywords

HIV, Islam, religion, Malaysia

Abstract

We review HIV prevention and treatment efforts involving Islam in Malaysia. The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) conducts HIV-related workshops with Muslim leaders and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. A methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) project was implemented in a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, incorporating religious and social supports alongside provision of health services. Additional services including premarital HIV testing are discussed. Islamic values point to the need for compassion, nonjudgment, and taking action to improve lives, while reluctance to support harm-reduction strategies among sexual minorities highlights the important role of community advocates and social workers within nongovernmental organizations.

Original Publication Citation

Shaw, S.A., Saifi, R., Lim, S.H., Saifuddeen, S.M., Kamarulzaman, A. (2017). Islam and HIV related social services in Malaysia. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work, 36:1-2, 133-145.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2016-06-11

Publisher

Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Social Work

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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