- Open and Affirming
Living with HIV/AIDS
Antiretroviral treatment reaches
Without access to treatment
HIV/AIDS is the most serious health crisis the world has ever faced. HIV does not discriminate. Whether we realize it or not, all of us are affected: rich and poor, especially the poor; men and women, especially the women; old and young, especially the young; and people of every race, especially people of color.
At the end of 2003, the United Nations estimated that more than 40 million people are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Nearly three-fourths of them live in sub-Saharan Africa, one million in the U.S. The current patterns of HIV infection suggest that the pandemic is in its infancy. While the evidence may suggest there is reason for despair, there is also good reason for hope. Everything we need to know about how to prevent HIV infection is known. What is lacking is the dramatic shift in priorities needed to reach the millions who lack treatment.
Stephen Lewis, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, has called apathy in the face of HIV/AIDS “mass-murder by complacency.” Our hope is in our ability to mobilize the full potential of our resources and compassion to address the many facets of HIV/AIDS affecting our families, communities and world. Undergirding all of our work is the Gospel truth that it is God’s will to bring healing and wholeness to a world with HIV/AIDS. [From UCC HIV/AIDS Ministries]
UCC HIV/AIDS Ministry
Official site for HIV/AIDS ministry in the UCC and the UCC HIV/AIDS Network (UCAN).
Affirming Persons—Saving Lives
Affirming Persons—Saving Lives is a curriculum for all ages designed for churches. The download is free.
UCC General Synod HIV/AIDS resolution
Strong biblical and theological rationale.
World Health Organization
HIV/AIDS page with links to international resources.