On the brink of the Food and Drug Administration approving Truvada, the first drug that can be used as a preventative measure in developing HIV, many Americans are beginning to ask whether or not the Church should play a bigger role in preventing HIV.
An estimated 1.2 million Americans have HIV, and with an estimated 240,000 HIV carriers unaware that they may be carrying the virus, doctors are looking for different methods of fighting the spread of it.
The topic of sexuality and HIV/AIDS awareness can almost be a bit taboo for many churches. Often because those topics are generally in the same vein of homosexuality, which can become very controversial among parishioners. Many Churches offer counseling and support for those suffering with the disease, but it still leaves many to ask, what more can be done?
Recently the NAACP has gotten involved, creating a manual for black churches on how to conduct meetings and church groups that discuss sex education.
According to the Associated Press,
“The guides suggest pastors talk about HIV in sermons, connect their churches with groups that serve people with HIV, promote safe sex and access to condoms, and organize church-based HIV screening drives. The manual also includes facts about the disease and passages from the Bible to serve as inspiration.”
Their call to action is one of the first steps to combating the disease, which affects African Americans at more than half the rate of whites.
Read more about it here.
What do you think? Should the Church be responsible for helping prevent HIV? Or just providing support?