HIV and the Church

    // From the Blog

    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....
    Being very public about my HIV diagnosis and writing for several HIV publications, I’m constantly receiving emails from people living with HIV, telling me their stories and asking questions. One issue that comes up a lot in these communications is pregnancy....
    What he learned, and I was reminded, over the next few minutes is that Cryptosporidium – Crypto, for short - is often a waterborne, microscopic, hard to kill parasite that anyone can get. It lodges in the small intestine and, in most healthy humans, causes diarrhea and other symptoms (like those mentioned in the previous paragraph) for a few days. Then, it is relatively quickly cleared with only a slight possibility of recurrence. However, cryptosporidium can be extremely dangerous to people in special circumstances....
    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....


     
    // 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