HIV and the Church

    // From the Blog

    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....
    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....


     
    // 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