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NATIONAL WEEK OF
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
LINKS TO LOCAL AIDS SERVICE
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?
WHAT ARE 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.
HOW HIV IS SPREAD
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
IMPORTANCE OF TESTING
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