Thousands of Americans are expressing outrage over a new bill in Uganda that would heavily penalize those involved in homosexuality.
The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which is currently being debated, imposes punishment not only on gays and lesbians who engage in homosexual behavior, but also those who support gay organizations or who know about a homosexual and fail to report it to authorities.
"American Christians have some culpability for this situation by going to Uganda and failing to speak against this error," said Dr. Warren Throckmorton, associate professor of psychology at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. "American Christians need to step up and speak now." more >>
The U.S. military announced earlier in the week that an HIV vaccine had cut the infection rate by 30 percent in a trial with 16,000 people in Thailand.
The Rev. Dr. Robin Hill, convener of the Church of Scotland’s HIV/AIDS Project, said the breakthrough appeared to be “very significant” but warned that there was still a long way to go before a complete cure would be found.
“Although still a long way off, the theoretical possibility of an effective vaccine is one which will excite great interest across the globe,” he said. "No miracle outcome is promised and, as yet, the threat posed by the virus remains very real, at home and abroad. more >>
World Vision International, the world's largest Christian humanitarian organization, announced a new head this week.
Kevin Jenkins, managing director of a Canadian investment firm and vice chair of the board of World Vision Canada, has been appointed as the organization's new president and chief executive officer.
The WVI board combed through 300 candidates from 40 countries before selecting Jenkins during its semi-annual meeting in Kenya last week. more >>
Pope Benedict XVI is set to arrive in Africa Tuesday for his first visit to the continent since becoming the head of the Roman Catholic Church four years ago.
Aboard the Alitalia plane headed to Yaounde, Cameroon, the pope told reporters that the distribution of condoms is not the answer in the fight against AIDS in Africa, according to The Associated Press.
"You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms," he said. "On the contrary, it increases the problem." more >>
A new report reveals “very depressing” news that every mode of transmission of HIV in Washington, D.C., has increased, and overall the HIV and AIDS rates in the nation’s capital are higher than some countries in Africa.
"Our rates are higher than West Africa," said Shannon Hader, the director of D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration, to The Washington Post.
"They're on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya," said Hader, who previously spearheaded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's work in Zimbabwe. more >>
A recent report on HIV/AIDS found that the global response to the epidemic is based on significant misconceptions that have resulted in policies that fail to meet the needs of millions of children and their families.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that only orphans need support and services, the report by the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS (JLICA) spotlighted in its first chapter.
The “powerful myth” has led to the belief that the majority of children who lost a parent to AIDS lack family and social networks and need to be cared for in orphanages. more >>