Arizona: From a Crisis, Faith for Co-Founder of Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network
May 18, 2009
With 39 member congregations, the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network provides HIV/AIDS education and support for those living with the disease as well as volunteer opportunities for area residents. TIHAN has served more than 700 clients since it started in 1994.
After a congregant one day declared he had AIDS, the church rallied behind the man, helping care for him until his death. "The light bulb went off in my head," said Blades. He soon organized a training session at St. Francis and another church about how to care for people with HIV/AIDS. Having an event involving two congregations was great, but "shouldn't there be more?" he thought.
Blades and other organizers eventually invited 450 Tucson-area churches, synagogues, mosques, and other faith-based groups to a meeting aimed at kickstarting an interfaith movement for HIV/AIDS understanding. Just five people attended, but those five became TIHAN's founding members.
For more information about TIHAN, visit www.tihan.org or telephone 520-299-6647.
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.