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HIV: Put Out the Red Light

March 25, 2015

Rev. Andrena Ingram

Somewhere, there's a "Roxanne" putting out her red light, wearing that dress or jeans and red pumps ... or no pumps at all. Somewhere in the world there is a sex worker named Roxanne, or Jade, or Sapphire, or Maria, or Julio or even Tom.

Somewhere in the world, life is contingent upon performing a service to provide for the family, somewhere there are places where rules are bent, persons are bent over and forced to their knees, for a roof over their heads and their daily bread.

No judgements. It was what it was. It is what it is.

Somewhere in a back alley or a 5 star hotel, a husband, a fiance, a wife, a girlfriend, a person is engaging.

To help combat HIV, health care is a need for ALL. Human rights is a need for ALL.

Protecting the oldest profession in the world, actually protects the communities in which we live.

Am I condoning? No.

There are red lights all around us.

Yes, even around you.

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Rev. Andrena Ingram

Rev. Andrena Ingram

Reverend Andrena Ingram (also known as "Pastor Andrena" or "Pastor Ingram") has become a strong advocate for those living in the margins, as she once was. She is an activist in the HIV/AIDS arena, herself living openly and unabashedly with the HIV virus for over 22+ years.

Raised in South Jamaica, New York, Reverend Ingram served seven years of active duty in the U.S. Army. She would later move to the South Bronx, where she attended Transfiguration Lutheran Church with Pastor Heidi Neumark as her pastor and mentor -- empowering her to rise up out of herself and her life challenges, which seemed to her, at the time, insurmountable.

Reverend Ingram is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, with a Master of Divinity. She has been the pastor of St. Michael's Lutheran Church on Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa., for the past four years.

Reverend Ingram can frequently be found speaking about HIV/AIDS, encouraging everyone "to know your status, get tested, and be informed." Silence = Death.

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