Stepping up in Faith

ELCA Young Adult Cohort AIDS2014

The interfaith pre-conference on HIV to the 20th International AIDS Conference hosted by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance brought faith leaders from all over the world together to caucus around the theme, “Stepping up in Faith.”

Faith groups have often been criticized as one of the main drivers of stigmatization and discrimination relative to HIV and the at risk populations the virus largely affects. This is often an accurate criticism unfortunately, but to be fair, following global government and NGO support, faith communities account for the delivery of the most HIV and AIDS services worldwide. So it makes sense for communities of faith to have a seat at the table in the HIV and AIDS discussion, granted faith communities recognize their role in fueling the disease through stigma.

The interfaith pre-conference was an attempt to address this harsh reality head on, highlighting the faith community’s successes but acknowledging its…

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