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“Walk the talk” - Philippines churches put words into action for HIV response

“Walk the talk” - Philippines churches put words into action for HIV response

Thirty-five years into the response to HIV and AIDS, it remains a disease that not only thrives on, but exploits the lines of exclusion and inequality in society. In the Philippines, where there has been an alarming increase in people testing positive for HIV, the country’s National Council of Churches recognized that more than words were needed. While dialogue and debate were important, they needed to translate into action, given the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor in Filipino society, and a faith-based and societal milieu still dominated by a sex-negative theology.

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“I’m scared,” UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe tells media at AIDS2016 briefing

“I’m scared,” UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe tells media at AIDS2016 briefing

Michel Sidibe has some reasons to be happy when it comes to HIV and AIDS response: the reduction in AIDS-related deaths, the huge numerical increase in the number of people on anti-retroviral therapy (ART), and the ever-increasing number of babies born HIV free. Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, spoke at the opening of AIDS2016. Despite all the strides made, Sidibe expressed a deep anxiety and fear.

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Faith-based groups vow to create even more safe spaces for people living with HIV

Faith-based groups vow to create even more safe spaces for people living with HIV

“Prophet, people and a plan.” That’s what faith-based organizations (FBOs) need to ensure nobody living with HIV is left behind, said Jesse Milan, past board chair of the Black AIDS Institute. He was speaking as part of a panel group at the Faith on the Fast Track AIDS2016 Pre-Conference.

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“Finish the race!” - Faith communities recommit to end HIV and AIDS

“Finish the race!” - Faith communities recommit to end HIV and AIDS

In a final session at the faith-based pre-conference on HIV and AIDS, faith communities re-committed themselves to ending HIV and AIDS, and to keeping up the pressure in the face of “AIDS fatigue.” In a stirring speech, Rev. Phumzile Mabizela, executive director of INERELA+ said, “We must continue in the fast lane. We cannot return to the slow lane or go slow in the fast lane.”

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Children are being let down over HIV care

Children are being let down over HIV care

We are failing our children with HIV care was the stark message of a joint session of the interfaith and Catholic pre-conferences being held in Durban, South Africa in advance of AIDS 2016. Targets for childcare have been missed, medication is not suitable and we still need earlier infant diagnosis with half of infants infected dying within 24 months.

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