HIV and the Church

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    Commemorating the same date in 1882, when Dr. Robert Koch discovered the mycobacterium that produces tuberculosis, the World Health Organization warned on Monday, World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, that drug-resistant tuberculosis is a growing problem worldwide....
    What percentage of money from the United States total budget goes to foreign assistance? Think about that question for a minute. Truly, what percent of the budget do you think goes outside the United States to help people around the world? Most people believe it is somewhere between 20-30% of the total budget....
    Tens of thousands of people in the United States are living with strains of HIV that have become resistant to some, or all, of the available HIV antiretrovirals. HIV drug-resistance can occur by taking ARV’s improperly or by the natural evolution of resistance mutations. Resistant strains of HIV can be transmitted. Consequently, one can be resistant to drugs they have never taken, simply because they were taken by the person from whom they were infected by. This phenomenon is called “transmitted HIV drug resistance.”...
    In 2007, a German doctor named Gero Hutter performed a risky surgical procedure on a man with both HIV and leukemia that would result in the first person being at least “functionally cured” of HIV. In the years since, the details of the procedure have been well-documented, publicized and scrutinized, leaving little doubt that Timothy Ray Brown - formally known as “the Berlin Patient” - has indeed been cured of HIV. Now, six years later, doctors at the University of Minnesota will attempt a similar procedure in a child with leukemia who was born HIV positive....


     
    // Featured Story

    Tim shares his story of how God has changed his life and leads him on a new path that is very different from his past choices. Tim's past now leaves him needing to know his HIV status. Tim lets us follow him as he enters the doctor's office, gets blood drawn, and as he learns whether he is HIV positive or negative.

    Click HERE to watch Tim's story.