Out Front: A Call to Action for U.S. Churches in the HIV/AIDS Response

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The closing plenary of the EAA Interfaith Preconference of the 20th International AIDS Conference featured young adult voices in the fight against HIV from different contexts around the world. Panelists included a young woman from India who is living openly with HIV and a young man from Togo who is an actor and peer educator in the reduction of HIV in young men who have sex with men (MSM). I had the pleasure of joining them as a representative of the United States context where I talked about the tasks of the Christian Church in equipping ourselves for the HIV/AIDS journey beyond 2015.

If the Church is to remain relevant in the fight against HIV in the United States and in the world, the Church must improve its outreach to youth and young adults. It’s no secret that Millennials are all but absent from the Church, not because young…

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