REFLECTING EXPERIENCE, EXPOSURE, AND UNDERSTANDING OF HIV/AIDS IN MINISTRY

REFLECTINGEXPERIENCE, EXPOSURE, AND UNDERSTANDING OF HIV/AIDS IN MINISTRY

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ReflectingExperience, Exposure, and Understanding of Hiv/Aids in Ministry

Formore than three decades, HIV has existed amongst us causing pain andanguish to God’s people. Currently, HIV is still a modern epidemic.Nearly 30 years ago, HIV was a new and incurable illness that broughthorrifying demise to individuals in their prime years. It was adifferent ailment, and doctors knew virtually nothing about it.Today, advancement in medicine has lessened its impacts across manycountries. However, many people still perish, and it is time Churchbecomes actively involved in defeating the norm. Though HIV does notdiscriminate, statistics show that more Black Americans are likely tobe infected than White people.1It is the time our pastors and worshipers become actively involved inending this disease in our societies.

Wehave much knowledge about HIV. We know how it spreads, transmutes inour bodies, and hides from the immune system. The information hasenabled us to improve interventions that avert the spread of thevirus. Alteration of behaviour and barriers to transmission are someof the means used to lessen the impacts of the disease. Throughoutthe years, HIV has reduced from being a death sentence to amanageable state.2

1 Messer, Donald E. Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence: Christian Churches and the Global AIDS Crisis. Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2004, 88

2 Ibid