Churches urged to discuss HIV

Christians should not moralise HIV /AIDS, but should be part of the drive to attain the targeted three zeros: zero new HIV infection, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero stigma and discrimination, said Christian Aids Taskforce.

In an interview with The Zimbabwean, Programmes Officer for CAT, Bokani Sialumba, said Christians should not stigmatise people living with HIV, but should embrace them and ensure that they are part of the Christian community.

“CAT is an interdenominational organisation formed six years ago as a response to HIV in the church. There is need to discuss HIV in the church and not stigmatise people living with the virus as sinners and of loose morals,” said Sialumba.

Sialumba said that, initially, the reaction in most churches was shock and disbelief, but people now embraced their initiative as a platform for information sharing.

“There is need for the church to discuss HIV/AIDS, especially among the youth. CAT preaches abstinence to youths, but for youths who are indulging in sexual activity, we encourage them to get married,” he said.

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