The tide is turning against HIV and AIDS. But that doesn’t mean it is time to stop taking action – rather it is a call to further action – to ensure that this reversal continues.
More people than ever are accessing treatment, resulting in lives being saved. Since 2005, the number of those dying from AIDS related causes worldwide has decreased by six million. However, challenges remain. The burden of HIV on women is greater – six in 10 adults living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa in 2011 were women.
The Presbyterian Church in Canada is actively working with partners around the world to support people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Together we are:
- Helping people work against stigma and discrimination
- Teaching and equipping people to prevent the spread of HIV
- Providing home-based care to people living with the disease
- Preventing the spread of HIV from mother to child
- Providing access to HIV counselling and testing in remote areas
- Supporting people caring for orphans and vulnerable children
This World AIDS Day, we continue to work together to turn the tide. As we reflect on the challenges and successes in the fight against AIDS, let us keep in prayer those whose lives remain affected.
Jesus calls us to care for the sick, the orphan and the widow. Part of this is remembering in prayer and reflection those who are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. We work towards a world where there are no new cases of HIV and where mothers don’t worry about transmitting the disease to their children. We live in hope of the time when no more people die of AIDS.
Turn the Tide
You can inspire others to learn more and help fight AIDS. Talk about AIDS with family and friends. Raise funds for PWS&D’s HIV and AIDS programs. Advocate for access to treatment for all. Together we can turn the tide.
Download and Use World AIDS Day Resources
World AIDS Day 2012 Bulletin Insert
World AIDS Day 2012 Liturgy