The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS of Greater Kansas City
is designed to encourage the faith community to assist in educating the community on the risk factors associated with HIV/AIDS and to mobilize area African-American churches in reducing the spread of the disease. The CCON is a certified partner of the Balm In Gilead, Inc. and is the convener and fiscal agent for the local observance, which is held the first full week in March annually.
There is a lot of stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS and this is often driven by fear of the unknown. Knowing the facts is the first step to reducing stigma. It also helps to use non-discriminatory language, so here are some guidelines to help.
There is no cure or preventative vaccine for HIV and it is one of the biggest public health challenges in the world today. HIV has infected millions of people and affected communities around the world. Do you know the difference between HIV and AIDS?
Most people are aware about HIV but many don’t know how the virus can be passed on. It is important to have the correct information about HIV so you can protect yourself and the people you care about.
Abstaining from sex is the only sure way to prevent the spread of HIV. For those who choose not to abstain, using condoms correctly is an effective way to protect against HIV. Do you know the do’s and don’ts?
Millions of people around the world are living with HIV but don’t know it. They may look and feel healthy. The only way to be sure about your status is to take an HIV test.
Testing positive for HIV is probably one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. However, there are more options than ever for people who have the virus. Although it is not a cure, Anti-Retroviral Therapy will help you live longer if you are HIV positive. Lifestyle changes can also help you stay healthy.