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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.”

09 April 2014
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.

09 December 2013
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.

04 December 2013
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."

19 November 2013
Baptist Press
Church attendance associated with late HIV diagnosis among US MSM

Church attendance is associated with late HIV diagnosis among men who have sex with men (MSM), according to US research published in the online edition of Clinical

18 November 2013
Michael Carter
South Africa: HIV/Aids holy water cure put to the test

The Treatment Action Campaign wants the so-called 'holy water' to go under the microscope. Rebirth Family Church's Bishop Hamilton Nala claims he can cure HIV with water that he sells for at least R10. Five of his followers have come forward claiming the remedy works, but activists are now calling for clinical tests.

06 November 2013
Pope Says Church Is ‘Obsessed’ With Gays, Abortion and Birth Control

Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic church on Thursday with the publication of his remarks that the church had grown “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he had chosen not to talk about those issues despite recriminations from critics.

20 September 2013
New York Times
Pat Robertson Loses Fight to Keep 'Gay AIDS Ring' Video Off The Internet

You Tube has restored a video in which Pat Robertson, the founder of Christian Broadcasting Network and host of its flagship show the 700 Club, states that gay men wear special rings that cut the hands of people they meet in order to infect them with HIV/AIDS. The episode has revealed the lengths CBN will go to hide and censor the statements made by its own leader.

16 September 2013
Right Wing Watch
HIV patients 'told to rely on God'

Some young HIV patients are giving up their medicine after being told by Pentecostal Church pastors to rely on faith in God instead, doctors warn.

19 August 2013
BBC Health
Stop punishing people for their sexual orientation, Ugandan bishop says

Ugandans living with HIV/AIDS are being denied access to treatment and healthcare because of their sexual orientation, a Ugandan bishop who campaigns for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community said. Bishop Christopher Senyonjo said the number of LGBT people with HIV/AIDS in the east African country is on the increase and prejudice and ignorance mean they are often marginalised and forced into hiding.

29 June 2013

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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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