HIV and the Church

    // From the Blog

    The HIV&AIDS community has been using “Getting to Zero” for the past two years to communicate its goals of: • Zero new HIV infections; • Zero AIDS-related deaths; • Zero mother-to-child transmission of HIV; and… • Zero stigma and discrimination....
    December 1st, 2013, represented the 25th celebration of World AIDS Day, an event recognized worldwide and dedicated to raising awareness for those living with HIV&AIDS. Each year, Saddleback Church members come together on World AIDS Day to raise awareness, support those living with HIV and remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS....
    He didn’t ever expect to find himself in this cruel situation. Sitting in the waiting room, he nervously kept one eye on the door, ready to bolt at any time. Uneasiness was a fire in his bones, so much so he no longer felt comfortable in his own skin. The thought of telling someone, of actually speaking the dreaded words to another person, caused a wave of shame that threatened to silence him even further. That’s why he came alone....
    Did you know that orphanages are damaging to children? Research shows growing up in an institution harms children emotionally, physically and developmentally. Children need the love of a family to survive and thrive....


     
    // Featured Story

    Dave Storm shares his story of finding out he was HIV-positive and how he felt it was easier to lie about his illness than face the stigma and judgment from others. Dave didn’t start feeling truly accepted until he spoke for the first time on his diagnosis at Saddleback Church. To watch Dave's story click  HERE