HIV and the Church

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    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....
    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

    "Have you ever heard of an African country without orphanages? It's my dream that Rwanda would be the first one."  Cynthia shares her heart's dream as she tells her story of being an orphan in Rwanda.  Watch Cynthia's Story Here