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London churches open HIV testing centres: 'People with HIV are not cursed'

HIV testing clinics have been opened in churches across London in the hopes of combatting high rates of infection as well as social stigma among the African population. Four African churches in Southwark, New Cross, Dagenham and Wood Green are involved in the project, which is coinciding with National HIV Testing Week from November 22 to 30.

Published
21 November 2014
From
ChristianToday
London: Catholic HIV conference 'a major success'

More than 100 clergy, HIV sector professionals and individual Christians attended ‘Love Tenderly Act Justly: Stories of HIV and Christianity Today’ at St Martins in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London last Saturday, 25 October.

Published
31 October 2014
From
Independent Catholic News
Pat Robertson, Medical Expert: 'The Towels Might Have AIDS'

On a recent episode of The 700 Club, television's premier destination for religious bigotry since 1966, Robertson advised a viewer that while the chances of contracting Ebola in Kenya are slim, travelers should beware of AIDS-ridden towels. What? Yes.

Published
31 October 2014
From
Poz
The Impact of Faith-Based Organisations on Public Health and Social Capital

As a network of faith-based organisations, FaithAction knows that there are many faith groups up and down the country doing health-related work in their communities. However, the value of this work is in danger of not being recognised, both by the groups themselves and by policymakers, in large part because there is a lack of evidence around what is taking place and its effectiveness.

Published
01 October 2014
From
Faith Action
Terrence Higgins Trust to raise awareness of HIV among African faith groups in UK

Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity is launching a project to provide African faith leaders with the skills and knowledge to support people living with HIV in their communities.

Published
09 September 2014
From
Afro News
Papua New Guinean revivalist churches push dangerous campaign for 'faith-healing' of AIDS

Revivalist churches in Papua New Guinea are promoting prayer as a substitute for medication to those with HIV, according to human rights groups.

Published
24 July 2014
From
ABC News
Pope Francis: AIDS must be fought with “sexual responsibility”

Pope Francis urged Tanzania’s bishops today to educate people “in the area of sexual responsibility and chastity” also to help prevent AIDS. The Pope’s appeal went out to those working in the healthcare apostolate who “care for those suffering from HIV/AIDS” and to “all who strive diligently to educate people in the area of sexual responsibility and chastity.”

Published
09 April 2014
From
La Stampa
Pentecostal pastors in Africa push prayer, not drugs, for people with HIV

At prayer healing services in some Pentecostal churches in Nairobi, pastors invite people infected with HIV to come forward for a public healing, after which they burn the person’s anti-retroviral medications and declare the person cured.

Published
09 December 2013
From
Religion News Service
Indonesian Conservatives All Riled Up Over Condoms

A backlash against a government campaign to emphasize the importance of condoms as part of an HIV/AIDS awareness program could hurt efforts to curb new infections in the country, campaigners have warned.

Published
04 December 2013
From
Jakarta Globe
God intervened in HIV cure of baby, Hannah Gay believes

The continued good health of a Mississippi baby born with HIV causes Hannah Gay, the HIV specialist who treats the child, to speak of divine intervention. "When I treated this baby I was not even thinking of curing the baby," she said. "That was the furthest thing from my mind. I was simply trying to prevent infection and I failed at what I was trying to do. However, my failure in God's hands turned into a miracle. And it was God that cured the baby and I just happened to be standing close by at the time."

Published
19 November 2013
From
Baptist Press
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