HIV and the Church

// HIV&AIDS Blog

Nervously twirling her fingers together she lowered her head and whispered, “I’m afraid.” Unable to hear my friend clearly over the din of the restaurant noise, at first I wasn’t quite sure what she said. Fortunately, she repeated herself, “I’m afraid. I’m four months pregnant, alone after my divorce and I’m terrified I might have AIDS.”...
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. Seven of ten ways we are in denial have been covered in Parts 2a-c. 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....
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. Five of ten ways we are in denial have been covered in Parts 2A-B. 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....
In previous part 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. Three (3) ways we are in denial were covered in Part 2a. Here are two (2) more to insights that give us pause for thought and inspiration for action....
Let’s face it. Both people in our community and many Christians still live in denial about HIV&AIDS. Our denial can be a killer, not only of a tremendous ministry obligation/opportunity but especially of relationships to people around us who survive and thrive with HIV&AIDS. It is crucially important to inform denial with factual education and transform denial with theological wisdom. There are at least ten ways we can be accurately educated and communicate truth to combat stigma and fear! ...
Some days you never forget, and those days have the power to change you and your life forever! My life as a Christian and Pastor changed forever when I answered a knock at our church’s front doors. ...
Commemorating the same date in 1882, when Dr. Robert Koch discovered the mycobacterium that produces tuberculosis, the World Health Organization warned on Monday, World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, that drug-resistant tuberculosis is a growing problem worldwide....
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.”...