HIV and the Church

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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....
If someone you care about has recently tested positive for HIV, you may be at a loss concerning how to help them. There are no how-to books or cookie-cutter approaches, but we’d like to offer some ideas for your consideration as “my brother’s/sister’s keeper.”...
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....