HIV and the Church

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    ?Laurence is a 17-year-old girl living with HIV in Rwanda. Laurence’s parents died when she was just two years old, and she was sent to live in an orphanage. For fifteen lonely years, Laurence didn’t have access to the care she needed, and at times, the painful skin condition she developed from her disease k...
    Stigma is a Greek word with a nasty history. It means a “brand” or “mark,” usually inflicted with a hot iron. Stigma is also a mark of disgrace or infamy—a sign of stain or reproach. Stigma is not limited to physical injury, but wounds, inflicts pain, and causes scars on the hearts and minds of its victims. Stigma is why many people living with HIV&AIDS form their own communities and fear engaging the larger culture and church....
    A new report has been released highlighting the effects of HIV on children whose mother is living with HIV. Sadly, the report by the PEPFAR Orphans and Vulnerable Children Technical Working group, in partnership with Management Sciences for Health and the Human Sciences Research Council confirms that children are at serious risk for adverse emotional, physical and developmental outcomes when their mom is living with HIV. Even in areas with high treatment, 16% of children will, by age 18, be orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS. The report also found a significant decrease in the graduation rates and higher incidences of anxiety and depression. ...
    Currently HIV-infection can be controlled through the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART). By correctly taking a combination of antiretroviral drugs, the HIV viral load (the amount of virus in the blood) can be reduced to below the level of detection....


     
    // Featured Story

    Maryann shares her story of how she found love and acceptance at Saddleback Church after learning she was HIV-postive. After multiple life threatening...