HIV and the Church

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    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....
    As mentioned in our introduction, “Getting to Zero!” is primarily being used to express a heart-felt goal that there are NO NEW HIV INFECTIONS, NO NEW HIV&AIDS-RELATED DEATHS and NO STIGMA and DISCRIMINATION against people living with HIV&AIDS by the year 2015....
    Approximately 9.7 million people in low and middle-income countries are currently receiving ARVs in an attempt to treat HIV and prevent new infections. Access to ARVs has dramatically decreased the incidence of AIDS related deaths in many African countries. However, despite this advance, one in four people die during the first few months of treatment. Malnutrition plays a large part in these deaths....
    In as little as two weeks to as long as three months, signs can occur in your body, which are reactions to an HIV infection. Many, but not all people who are infected, experience flu-like symptoms, sometimes described as the “worse flu ever.” There are between nine and sixteen different symptoms experienced by people living with HIV and AIDS. Here are some of the most common, indicating early-stage HIV infection....


     
    // Featured Story

    "I'm not a doctor, I do not have the cure, but I can be there for them." Pastor Straton shares his story of how he and his church are doing all they can to care for the people living with HIV and AIDS in Rwanda, Africa. Watch Pastor Staton's story HERE.