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Churches can help increase HIV testing in South African men

Religious leaders can play a critical role in reaching hard-to-reach groups with HIV testing, including men and first-time testers.

21 May 2019
US: HHS Rule Allows Religious Discrimination in Health Care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has finalized a new rule that will allow health care workers to refuse to provide or assist in providing medical services if doing so violates their religious or moral beliefs. In other words, it will allow them to discriminate widely and putting LGBTQ people and our families, among others, at risk.

10 May 2019
Pride Source
Panama: Pope says HIV Shelter shows 'Maternal face of the Church'

Pope Francis visits the Good Samaritan Shelter in a symbolic gesture of being close to all those who, because of illness or disability, were unable to attend World Youth Day (WYD) events.

28 January 2019
Vatican News
HIV shelter outside Panama City readies for papal visit

Pope Francis has sought to break the stigma that haunts HIV sufferers in many parts of the world.

25 January 2019
ABC News
The Catholic Nun Who Came to New York to Confront the AIDS Crisis

In the 1980s the Catholic Church was notorious for its prejudice when it came to HIV and AIDS. But figures like Sister Carol Baltosiewich from Illinois were determined to do good.

21 January 2019
The Daily Beast
Trump quietly shuts down HIV cure research to appease the religious right

Scientists are speaking out against a directive by the Trump administration that has shut down research into a cure for HIV. A scientist who was supposed to supply mice that have been modified with human fetal tissue for an HIV study emailed researchers that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “has directed me to discontinue procuring fetal tissue.”

12 December 2018
LGBTQ Nation
In Kenya, a pastor's refusal to marry an HIV-positive bride stirs debate over AIDS stigma

A Pentecostal pastor in the western Kenyan town of Bahati triggered outrage over the past week by refusing to marry a young couple until they complied with his demand that they be tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

14 November 2018
Religion News Service
Gay, Muslim and living with HIV

Shamal Waraich, 34, was born in Manchester and grew up in a religious British-Pakistani household. He was diagnosed with HIV in 2013, and now educates people about what it's like to be gay, Muslim and living with HIV.

03 October 2018
BBC News
Brotherhood of Man: My Experience at a Spiritual Retreat for HIV-Positive MSM

On a warm weekend in July, 19 gay men living with HIV gathered in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania for a a three-day body-mind-spirit retreat. I was one of them.

28 August 2018
The Body
Religious Conservatives’ Ties To Trump Officials Pay Off In AIDS Policies, Funding

Evangelical activist Shepherd Smith has spent more than three decades cultivating relationships with leading AIDS researchers and policymakers to promote abstinence-only sex education. Those connections now could influence government programs and funding within the Trump administration.

22 August 2018
Kaiser Health 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

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.