HIV and the Church

// HIV&AIDS Blog

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 ...
Being very public about my HIV diagnosis and writing for several HIV publications, I’m constantly receiving emails from people living with HIV, telling me their stories and asking questions. One issue that comes up a lot in these communications is pregnancy....
What he learned, and I was reminded, over the next few minutes is that Cryptosporidium – Crypto, for short - is often a waterborne, microscopic, hard to kill parasite that anyone can get. It lodges in the small intestine and, in most healthy humans, causes diarrhea and other symptoms (like those mentioned in the previous paragraph) for a few days. Then, it is relatively quickly cleared with only a slight possibility of recurrence. However, cryptosporidium can be extremely dangerous to people in special circumstances....
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....
The HIV&AIDS community has been using “Getting to Zero” for the past two years to communicate its goals of: • Zero new HIV infections; • Zero AIDS-related deaths; • Zero mother-to-child transmission of HIV; and… • Zero stigma and discrimination....
December 1st, 2013, represented the 25th celebration of World AIDS Day, an event recognized worldwide and dedicated to raising awareness for those living with HIV&AIDS. Each year, Saddleback Church members come together on World AIDS Day to raise awareness, support those living with HIV and remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS....
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....
Did you know that orphanages are damaging to children? Research shows growing up in an institution harms children emotionally, physically and developmentally. Children need the love of a family to survive and thrive....
In previous parts of this blog series, we stated that both people in our community and many Christians still live in denial about HIV&AIDS, and it is crucially important to inform denial with factual education and transform denial with theological wisdom. Nine (9) of ten (10) ways we are in denial have been covered in Parts 2a-e. In the remaining parts of this section on denial, all of us in faith communities are asked to consider how our misapprehension of the Gospel contributes to denial and what understanding a Biblical Gospel can do to help us care for people living with HIV&AIDS and their families and friends....