HIV and the Church

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At the 20th Conference on Retrovirology and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), which concluded this past week, Dr. Francois Dabis, from ANRS (Agence Nationale de Recherche sur le Sida/National Research Agency on AIDS) in France, gave a presentation, “Is the End of AIDS in Sight?” At this critical symposium on achieving an “AIDS-free generation,” Dr. Dabis defined the end of AIDS as (1) no more AIDS-defining events or deaths, with (2) less than 350,000 new infections per year worldwide, (3) elimination of new HIV infections in children and (4) disease control. While his comments seemed to indicate a turning tide, he also asserted that there is not enough data to speculate about the end of AIDS....
On March 7, 2013, I had the opportunity to be on a panel entitled, “US Policy Priorities for Women’s Global Health in the Second Obama Term,” at the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington, DC. The event was to highlight International Women’s Day (March 8), by focusing attention on issues that directly affect women’s health and well-being....
Today, a new Pope is elected. It is not a “royal position,” but many – including himself – seem to believe that Francis comes to a position of leadership for a little more than one-half of the world’s Christians, “…for such a time as this.”...
We want “Getting to Zero!” to mean that people living with HIV&AIDS and their families and friends NEVER encounter a church or Christians that are dangerous! ...
Churches who love people with HIV&AIDS and their families and friends are gifted faith communities which intentionally create ministries that effectively communicate hope by the grace of the Holy Spirit to all....
Next to feeling unloved, being left out is perhaps the most miserable existence a human being can know. Unintentionally being overlooked or deliberately shunned contributes to a profound loneliness that people living with HIV&AIDS all-too-frequently experience....
Christians have sometimes referred to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission as “GC2.” They are the most important words Jesus ever spoke and the transformative basis of living out a Gospel that cares for the sick, specifically for people living with HIV&AIDS and their families and friends. ...
It’s a dream we never thought we’d realize—a fantasy we dared not entertain. But now, this hopeful goal is both within the grasp of imagination and the scope of reality! Imagine, a world “Getting to Zero!” A planet virtually absent of new cases of HIV&AIDS; absent of HIV&AIDS related deaths; and absent of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV&AIDS!...
The XIX International AIDS Conference this past summer reaffirmed HIV is a disease of exceptionalism. Kay Warren said on World AIDS Day that no other disease carries the same level of stigma. Women aren’t beaten to death because they develop breast cancer and cancer centers are never targeted for vandalism. The history of the AIDS crisis is rife with events like this - irrational fears based on ignorance and cruelty....