HIV and the Church

    // From the Blog

    When the world gets together every two years to consider the global realities of HIV&AIDS, participants at the International Conference on AIDS often author a highly contextualized statement regarding the pandemic and their vision for the present and future of people living with HIV&AIDS. This year is no exception, and the Melbourne Declaration for 20th International Conference on AIDS, July 20th-25th, 2014, entitled “Nobody Left Behind,”...
    Many of us erroneously believe that certain, unique people groups or people who live on other continents, in other countries and from other cultures have to worry about HIV/AIDS. The truth is, anyone can become infected with HIV, because it’s what you and I DO that puts us at risk, not who are or where we live....
    Saddleback PEACE teams travel to Rwanda to work with the local churches and train volunteers who become community PEACE servants and lay social workers, making a lasting impact long after PEACE teams return. This is Tim’s experience on a PEACE trip, when he visited the home of Anatas, a man who is living with HIV and serving in his local church as a community PEACE servant by providing testing and treatment for his church family and community....
    HIV antiretrovirals have given most people with HIV a reprieve from the devastation of AIDS. Those diagnosed in the U.S. in the 21st century were spared if their doctor was knowledgeable and up to date. The ‘get your affairs in order’ speeches and the reality of ‘you are going to die with HIV’ were quickly setting in. The few of us who were sick or had friends with AIDS will ever forget the Lazarus effect of HAART literally raising people from their deathbeds....


     
    // Featured Story

    John shares his story of being diagnosed with HIV, how it felt, and how it impacted everything.  Living in New York City when he tested positive for HIV, the only support he found was at the Gay Men's Health Crisis, who offered regular meals, and medication support, but still something was missing.

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