New Orleans pastors fight HIV stigma

>> Leading by example, New Orleans Times-Picayune (Aug. 27)

According to this editorial:

Seven African-American ministers broke what they described as the black church’s silence on HIV/AIDs by publicly taking an HIV test during services Sunday and urging congregants to do likewise. […]

By taking the test in public and talking about the disease openly, these ministers are helping to remove the fear and stigma that prevents people from learning their HIV status. Their actions spoke volumes to a vulnerable population.

This is great to hear: let’s hope the message really got across.  As recent CDC figures show, HIV/AIDS has become a huge issue in the African American community, which is very disproportionately affected by the disease.  Moreover, it’s always good to hear about Christians and churches combatting stigma, since that hasn’t always been our strong point (to put it mildly).

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~ by h.e.g. on September 5, 2008.

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