U.S. Lutheran Bishops Take Public HIV Tests to Raise Awareness Among Congregations, Support African Counterparts
March 6, 2009
Bishops from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on Thursday publicly took HIV tests in an effort to raise awareness about the virus among their congregations, the Chicago Tribune reports. "We in the U.S. tend to think of this as a global pandemic unrelated to people in the U.S.," ECLA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, who also serves as president of the Lutheran World Federation, said, adding, "For me, as a married heterosexual man to be tested is a reminder that all communities are affected, if not infected." According to Hanson, the bishops were following the lead of religious leaders in Africa, many of whom for years have called on their congregations to receive HIV tests and agreed to be screened publicly for the virus.
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