HIV and the Church

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In March of 2013 at The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2013), scientists announced a baby girl in Mississippi was found...
He didn’t ever expect to find himself in this cruel situation. Sitting in the waiting room, he nervously kept one eye on the door, ready to bolt at any time. Uneasiness was a fire in his bones, so much so he no longer felt comfortable in his own skin. The thought of telling someone, of actually speaking the dreaded words to another person, caused a wave of shame that threatened to silence him even further. That’s why he came alone....
?Laurence is a 17-year-old girl living with HIV in Rwanda. Laurence’s parents died when she was just two years old, and she was sent to live in an orphanage. For fifteen lonely years, Laurence didn’t have access to the care she needed, and at times, the painful skin condition she developed from her disease kept her out of school and isolated from other children in the orphanage. ...
Stigma is a Greek word with a nasty history. It means a “brand” or “mark,” usually inflicted with a hot iron. Stigma is also a mark of disgrace or infamy—a sign of stain or reproach. Stigma is not limited to physical injury, but wounds, inflicts pain, and causes scars on the hearts and minds of its victims. Stigma is why many people living with HIV&AIDS form their own communities and fear engaging the larger culture and church....
A new report has been released highlighting the effects of HIV on children whose mother is living with HIV. Sadly, the report by the PEPFAR Orphans and Vulnerable Children Technical Working group, in partnership with Management Sciences for Health and the Human Sciences Research Council confirms that children are at serious risk for adverse emotional, physical and developmental outcomes when their mom is living with HIV. Even in areas with high treatment, 16% of children will, by age 18, be orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS. The report also found a significant decrease in the graduation rates and higher incidences of anxiety and depression. ...
Currently HIV-infection can be controlled through the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART). By correctly taking a combination of antiretroviral drugs, the HIV viral load (the amount of virus in the blood) can be reduced to below the level of detection....
A meta-analysis of sexual behavior studies performed between 1990 and 2012 in low-income countries found that the initiation of antiretroviral treatment (ART) did not contribute to an increase in risky sexual behavior. Researchers from The Evidence Project, a program sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, presented their findings at AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. ...
The start of this month marked the launch of Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT), an ambitious new program that will double the amount of children with access to lifesaving anti-retroviral therapy (ART) across ten strategic African countries over the next two years. A joint investment from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), ACT will increase the number of children living with HIV who have access to treatment by over 300,000 children....
When the world gets together every two years to consider the global realities of HIV&AIDS, participants at the International Conference on AIDS often author a highly contextualized statement regarding the pandemic and their vision for the present and future of people living with HIV&AIDS. This year is no exception, and the Melbourne Declaration for 20th International Conference on AIDS, July 20th-25th, 2014, entitled “Nobody Left Behind,”...