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2007 World AIDS Day

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AIDS in the U.S.: It’s simply a matter of ‘Whoever loves them first, wins’

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP)--More than a million individuals live with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.; yet, despite responding with Christ's compassion to care for the sick and to meet the needs of "the least of these" in so many other instances, evangelicals in America largely have struggled with how to respond in ministry to those stricken with this disease.

AIDS by the numbers: A global epidemic

GENEVA, Switzerland (BP)--An estimated 2.5 million people contracted the virus that causes AIDS last year, bringing the total number of people in the world living with HIV/AIDS to 33.2 million, according to UNAIDS, the joint United Nations program on HIV/AIDS.

Baptist ministry in Africa offers physical, spiritual lifelines for people living with AIDS

MAKOPE STATION, Uganda (BP)--Saidat Makop is sick.       To look at her, you'd never know. She looks as healthy as the next person. Her cheeks are rosy. She works in the garden for hours. Her eyes might look a little tired at times, but all mothers suffer the same.

AIDS among Hispanics: A major crisis in a minority community that’s unaware

PLANTATION, Fla. (BP)--While Hispanics make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 16 percent of the nearly 1 million AIDS cases diagnosed in the nation since the beginning of the epidemic, according to a factsheet released this summer by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

AIDS in Africa: Behavior change is the key

UGANDA (BP)--HIV prevalence has now declined in seven countries hit hard by AIDS, and two experts from Harvard [QUOTE@left@140="The rate of premarital sex [is] going down significantly.... Condom use can either go up or down ... it doesn't seem to make much of a difference." -- Harvard researcher Edward Green]University attribute the progress to behavioral changes such as an increase in abstinence and partner reduction rather than to widely-touted condom distribution.       "In every case, a few years before we notice prevalence going down, we see that the proportion of men and women who report having more than one sex partner in the past year goes down significantly," Edward Green, a senior research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, told Baptist Press.       "In almost all cases, we've seen the rate of premarital sex going down significantly. And condom use can either go up or down or stay the same. It doesn't seem to make much of a difference," Green said from Uganda, where he was conducting more research.       The seven countries that have shown signs of declining infection rates include Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe and urban Zambia, Ethiopia, Haiti and Malawi, Green said.       Foreign donors continue to push condom distribution and AIDS testing as prevention methods while disputing the effectiveness of the ABC method that has seen so much success in Uganda and elsewhere, Green said. The method teaches abstinence, being faithful to one partner and using condoms in high-risk situations.       "The major donors are putting all this money into condom promotion, HIV testing, treating STDs and trying to develop microbicides -- which have not shown to be effective," he said. "All of these much-touted interventions have not been shown to have any impact in generalized epidemics in Africa.       "The major donors are putting all this money into condom promotion, HIV testing, treating STDs and trying to develop microbicides -- which have not shown to be effective," he said. "All of these much-touted interventions have not been shown to have any impact in generalized epidemics in Africa.       "The sad thing is that even in Uganda, the national AIDS program has been largely redesigned by foreign donors to no longer emphasize the messages that were successful in reducing Uganda's epidemic -- faithfulness and partner reduction, and abstinence for young people.

South African church is a New Testament ministry to a nation ravaged by AIDS

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP)–“Claire” was 15 years old when she met John Thomas, pastor of Fish Hoek Baptist Church in Cape Town, South Africa. Claire also was pregnant, and living with HIV. When Claire was around 12 years old, she realized she probably had a 50 percent chance of graduating from high school. If she […]

Ugandan pastor carries message of hope as a minister to those living with AIDS

MBARARA, Uganda (BP)–Dressed in a suit coat and tie, Nabath Atusasire looks a little out of place as he picks his way through an overgrown banana grove. The humid heat of southern Uganda presses on him. Slick soled dress shoes provide little traction as the Baptist pastor treks along a well-worn, rocky path to an […]

Veteran missionary: TLW stops AIDS

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–The following is an interview with Sharon Pumpelly, who with her husband Larry served as an International Mission Board worker for 26 years in Uganda and battled the AIDS pandemic by spreading the message of True Love Waits. Now retired, the couple continues to spread that message, encouraging young people to make a […]

EDITORIAL: Silence is deadly in the politics of AIDS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, caused quite a stir with the release of the latest figures describing the extent of the global AIDS epidemic.

‘Huck-A-Mania’ spreading after debate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–National Journal’s Hotline blog called it “Huck-A-Mania.” Other people previously had used that term — a spin-off of the pro wrestling term “Hulkamania — but it certainly applied to the buzz surrounding Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s performance at the CNN/YouTube debate Nov. 28. While Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani were going toe-to-toe, […]