HIV AIDS Stigma and education

HIV & Faith

Using Faith to Conquer HIV/AIDS and Its Stigma

Can you imagine what it is like having HIV/AIDS?

  • The initial thoughts that you have just had a death sentence imposed on you…
  • Life as you know it has changed forever…
  • Not being able to look to your closest friends and family for support out of fear of their reaction…
  • Your fears realized when your family disowns you…
  • Feeling sick, not from the disease but from your daily lifesaving medications…
  • People saying you deserve the disease…
  • Having to move because your neighbors found out you were sick…
  • Or someone backing away in fear and refusing to touch you…

If this happened to you what kind of physical, emotional or spiritual support would you need? People with HIV/AIDS need love and compassion, but are more often met with the results of fear, stigma or lack of understanding.

Faith can offer Hope and Help

Through your words and actions, show people with HIV/AIDS that they are welcome in your life, in your community and in your faith. Respond with love and compassion:

  • Learn more about HIV/AIDS so you can respond from love and not fear
  • Speak Out Loud… Work to end fear, stigma and discrimination by educating others about what it is, how it is spread and how it is treated
  • Include people with HIV/AIDS, their families, friends and caregivers
  • Work within your faith community to offer Hope and Help
  • Treat everyone with respect, dignity and compassion
  • Take part in preventions efforts
  • PRAY