Sunday, December 01, 2013

The Episcopal Church's Failed HIV/AIDS Policy
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By David W. Virtue
November 30, 2103

It is now increasingly apparent that the Episcopal Church's policy on HIV/AIDS with its focus on "stigma", "classism", "discrimination", "message of welcome", "being shunned by family, peers and the wider community, "poor treatment in healthcare and education settings", "erosion of rights", "psychological damage and negative effect on the success of HIV testing and treatment," has failed to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS. The church has failed to address the one issue that could end the spread of HIV/AIDS - sexual behavior.

A joint statement by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for World AIDS Day 2013 augured that the "this nation's first comprehensive HIV/AIDS strategy, aimed at reducing new infections, increasing access to care, and eliminating HIV-related health disparities, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), though challenging in ways worthy of continued government attention, offers new opportunities for access to health care and prevention and treatment services for millions of Americans, especially those most at-risk for HIV transmission.

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