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New resource equips churches to dialogue about HIV prevention

13. February 2008

    "Exploring Solutions: How to talk about HIV Prevention in the Church" is a new guide aimed at helping Christians to talk openly, accurately and compassionately about why HIV spreads and what they can do as individuals and communities to stop the transmission of the virus.

    "While churches have been leaders in caring for people affected by HIV and AIDS," says Linda Hartke, coordinator of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, "church people and others have often been too silent or judgmental about how people get the virus because it touches on issues like sex and injecting drug use. We hope this guide helps people discuss in a respectful environment not just personal behavior but conditions in society that make some people much more vulnerable to infection."

    The resource includes sections explaining the dialogue approach and practical considerations, and outlines five possible dialogue themes:

    •  Dialogue, stigma and HIV prevention
    • HIV transmission and prevention
    • Vulnerability
    • Sex and sexuality
    • Testing and counseling
    • Promoting life - action steps

    The 44-page guide, published by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, is available for free in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Copies can be downloaded or ordered at our Exploring Solutions page.  

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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