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.
"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...
"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.
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"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.
"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...
Khadijah Abdullah and others at RAHMA are focusing support, not blame, breaking down the barriers to care and support for brothers and sisters in Islam living with HIV. They'll host their first retreat this summer.
Here's a sampling of voices of people living with HIV recalling their own encounters with faith.
From the outside, Rev. Andrena Ingram's childhood looked charmed -- an attentive, stay-at-home mother, a father, a nice home in Queens, NY. But on the inside, Ingram recalls feeling strange.
"This is spiritual work, and I feel as if I am spiritually guided," explains Shabazz-El of the U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN). "My story is one where God has purposely placed people in my life."
"It was somewhat of a surprise as I sat in the quiet of the fellowship hall, hoping for an HIV support group to appear, that Ernest would appear instead to be my support," Rev. Ingram writes.