It was not long ago when the Church had the mentality that HIV/AIDS is a “gay disease” and that those infected should be shamed and isolated. Times have changed and now the Church and other Christian organizations have moved to the forefront in caring for victims and spearheading campaigns to remove the stigma associated with people living with the disease.
Dr. Scott Todd, a pediatric AIDS expert and director of the AIDS Initiative of Compassion International, is one such Christian leader working to care for victims of HIV/AIDS.
In a recent interview, Dr. Todd shared about Compassion’s efforts to care and raise awareness on the plight of millions of vulnerable children, mostly in Africa, whose lives have been ravaged by the epidemic. more >>
Church groups around the world condemned a U.S. immigration policy restricting HIV-positive travelers from entering the country unless they receive a special waiver.
Debate on the policy, which has existed since the 1980s during the early HIV epidemic, was recently revived when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a new regulation proposal last month.
The department had provided a 30-day period which ended last Thursday for public comment on the suggested policy change that claims to ease restrictions. more >>
Thousands of events were around the world Saturday to mark World AIDS day as religious leaders and event organizers joined hand-in-hand to call for bold leadership to deal with the grave challenge confronting the globe.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond M. Tutu issued a statement saying now was not the time for the world to be complacent and apathetic about AIDS, even though the United Nation had recently slashed its estimates of people with AIDS from 40 million to 33 million.
[T]oday still 70 percent of infected people dont have access to life saving therapies, noted Tutu. more >>
LONDON The head of the third largest Christian denomination in the world is reaching out to churches with a message of hope to be brave, imaginative and honest in the face of the global HIV and AIDS pandemic.
Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams' message of encouragement was prepared ahead of this Saturdays World Aids Day. It marks the first time that the Anglican heads message was made available in video format on the internet.
In his message, Williams praised the active engagement and dedication of churches in the global response to HIV and sharply criticized the limited access to drugs and treatment in some of the poorest parts of the world as "a scandal." more >>
Figures released this week by the World Health Organization and the United Nations AIDS agency showed a slight decline in the number of people living with HIV worldwide.
While churches and Christian NGOs welcomed the news, they say there is still much to be done.
"We welcome any indication that fewer people are living with HIV, whether it is through more accurate statistics or because a strong response in some areas is making a positive impact," said Linda Hartke, coordinator of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance. more >>
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Religious leaders at the recent International Interfaith Conference on HIV/AIDS in Sri Lanka pledged to fight against the deadly disease by utilizing their places of worship, educational and available health facilities.
More than 200 Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Muslim delegates across Asia attended last weekends conference, which began ahead of the 8th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) that also took place in Colombo.
The three-day event themed "Response of Faith Communities to HIV and AIDS - Have We Kept the Promise?" was the collaboration of the Asian Interfaith Network on AIDS, the Christian Conference of Asia, and the Geneva-based Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, which is linked to the World Council of Churches. more >>