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  • Living with HIV and AIDS, and unwelcome in Zimbabwe's churches

    Shunned by family, scorned in state media and deemed “worse than dogs and pigs” by President Robert Mugabe, gays in Zimbabwe often find their country’s churches just as hostile.

    16 November 2017 | Religion News Service
  • Films open up the lives of Christians affected by HIV

    A video series produced by Christians living with, or affected by, HIV called Positive Faith, explores the relationship between HIV and faith.

    10 October 2017 | Church Times
  • Ramadan, Fasting & HIV

    Ramadan is the name of one of the 12 lunar months of the Islamic calendar. For 29 days of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset. Many HIV-positive wish to join their community in observing this important month, can they?

    26 May 2017 | LASS
  • Knights of Malta condom scandal stretches from Myanmar to the Vatican

    Split in lay order after senior official was dismissed over distribution of free prophylactics and the Holy See hierarchy sought to intervene.

    11 January 2017 | The Guardian
  • Philippines urged to break condom barriers amid rising HIV epidemic among gay men

    RELIGIOUS conservatism and restrictive policies that the Duterte administration has inherited are fueling a rising human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic in the Philippines, particularly among men who have sex with men, a report released Thursday by global rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

    08 December 2016 | Asian Correspondent
  • How Majority Muslim Countries Are Handling HIV Infections

    Despite strict rules against promiscuity, homosexuality, drug use, and sex work, the Islamic world is nevertheless—and perhaps as a result—facing up to a growing HIV problem.

    02 August 2016 | VICE
  • Spirituality May Help HIV Patients Survive Longer

    Over 17 years, researchers followed HIV-positive men and women who were already in the mid-stage of their disease by the time the study began. They found that people who engaged in spiritual practices and thinking had a greater rate of survival than people who did not—two to four times greater, in fact.

    09 May 2016 | The Atlantic
  • Obama Removes All Funding For ‘Abstinence-Only’ Sex Education

    Good news: President Barack Obama removes all government funding for abstinence-only sex education programs in US public schools.

    18 February 2016 | Patheos
  • God and condoms: perspectives on family planning and faith

    The subject of contraception is a hot topic in faith communities, which made for some exciting discussions at the recent International Conference on Family Planning in Indonesia. The conference heard that contrary to popular belief, many faith-based organisations do support family planning as a process that helps improve people’s quality of life. For the first time, around 80 representatives from different faith groups attending the conference spoke of their commitment to continue informing and educating their communities on family planning. The consensus was that it is consistent with faith values, in order to protect the rights of women, children and families.

    05 February 2016 | Key Correspondents
  • Pope: There Are Bigger Issues Than Condoms and HIV

    Pope Francis has dismissed a question about whether condoms can be condoned in the fight against AIDS by saying there are more important issues confronting the world, like malnutrition, environmental exploitation and the lack of safe drinking water.

    01 December 2015 | ABC News
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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