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Help speed up the HIV response

Much progress has been made since AIDS was first identified in the early 1980s. However, weakening political and financial resolve threatens all the advances made so far. We must intensify our efforts now. If we do, we can eliminate AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
Help speed up the HIV response

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Much progress has been made since AIDS was first identified in the early 1980s. However, weakening political and financial resolve threatens all the advances made so far. We must intensify our efforts now. If we do, we can eliminate AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

Violence, inequality, poverty, lack of information and exclusion make people vulnerable to HIV transmission. Religious leaders and churches are well placed to change that.

YOU can make a difference:

Share and discuss commitment documents with your church community:

Is your community ready to endorse these documents, for example, by including them in its newsletter? Let us know by emailing the WCC-EAA HIV campaign coordinator.

Use our videos and publications for group discussion and education:

Video series on "Help speed up the HIV response" on YouTube.

Training/teaching material, liturgical material, books and more from the WCC.

Recent WCC Publications for individual and group study and discussion:

Dignity, Freedom and Grace: Christian Perspectives on HIV, AIDS and Human Rights

Passion and Compassion: The Ecumenical Journey with HIV

Join the #KnowYourStatus and “Leading by Example” campaigns!

  • Promote testing in your church and faith community: lead by example by getting tested and/or by allowing your photo to be taken for the social media poster series on “HIV Testing: Leading by Example”.
  • Encourage people to get tested through your sermons, or find other ways of sharing accurate information about HIV testing and treatment and promote a non-discriminatory community. In some communities, a mobile HIV testing unit can be organized through the local government or health service.
  • Set an HIV testing Sunday each month, or an HIV testing week or month each year.
  • Share with media the importance of HIV testing and the example being set by you and your faith community. For example, write a letter to the editor of your newspaper
  • Tell the wider community! Share photos and news via Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #KnowYourStatus or email the WCC-EAA HIV campaign coordinator.

For more information and ideas, visit:

Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance - Live the Promise HIV Campaign

Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy