HIV and the Church

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    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....
    Pulmonary hypertension is a rare, often fatal illness that affects approximately 1 million people in the U.S. It is much more common in people with HIV than in the general population, although the connection as to why has not been established....


     
    // Featured Story

    Watch the journey of three pastors as they joined together to participate in their first International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. This documentary follows them as they learn more about HIV&AIDS and how their churches can take part in helping end AIDS.  Watch the documentary HERE