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Losing My Religion: He Lost His Church, but Joshua Stovall Found His Faith

Growing up in his father's church, Joshua Stovall had a religious upbringing. But it wasn't until he became HIV-positive that he discovered the real meaning of faith.

By Rick Guasco for Positively Aware

Religiously Non-Conforming: An Orthodox Rabbi Leads a Movement for Trans Inclusivity

This past summer, Rabbi Mike Moskowitz became the first Orthodox rabbi to serve at the world's largest LGBTQ synagogue, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, in Manhattan.

By Positively Aware

Spirituality and Faith in My HIV Journey

The line between religion and spirituality can be difficult to navigate.

By Clark Hawley for Positively Aware

Angels in Arkansas: My 15-Year AIDS-versary

"I hate this!" Charles Sanchez pouted, as he sat helplessly on the floor of his hospital room. "I feel so pathetic. Christ!" The nurse, Anthony, cooed comfortingly: "I know, honey. Just let it out, darlin'."

By Charles Sanchez

Faith and HIV in America, Then and Now

We've come a long way since it was common practice for religious leaders in the U.S. to publicly condemn people living with or at risk for HIV. But places of worship still can do more.

By Candace Y.A. Montague

Faiths Unite; Barriers Fall: The Inaugural National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

On Aug. 27, faith leaders and members of the Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Jewish, Hindu, Bahá'í and Buddhist communities celebrated the inaugural National Faith HIV and AIDS Awareness Day.

By Candace Y.A. Montague

Breaking the Silence: Talking About HIV in Jewish Communities

"Issues of health and wellness, relationship and community, comfort and protection are central to the discourse within any faith community," says Rabbi David Dunn Bauer, who shared his HIV status with his congregation in 2015. "Silence means we aren...

By Rabbi David Dunn Bauer

We All Need a Little Love and Support: National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS

"In many ways, the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS reminds me of the efforts and action that took place in the earliest years of the epidemic," Richard Wolitski writes.

By Richard Wolitski, Ph.D. for HIV.gov

With HIV, It's Easy to Impose Beliefs on Others Instead of Offering Compassion, Care and Inclusion: A Blog Entry by Harold R. "Scottie" Scott

"I have found through my own experience that religious groups have failed to offer compassion, care and inclusion to those of us living with HIV/AIDS," Harold Scott writes.

By Harold R. Scottie Scott

HIV, LGBTQ Groups Refer to 1980s AIDS Crisis in Call for Unity After Orlando Shooting

"As LGBTQ people who lived through the AIDS crisis, we know what it looks like and feels like to be scapegoated and isolated in the midst of a crisis that actually requires solidarity, empathy and collaboration from all quarters," states a letter sig...

By JD Davids