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Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist News Service

A red cloth draping cross creates the AIDS ribbon on the altar of Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla.

World AIDS Day: Working towards an AIDS-free world

 

November-December 2017

World AIDS Day, Friday, Dec. 1, is an opportunity to unite communities around the world in the continuing fight against HIV. It's a day to remember those who have died, to support people living with HIV, to prevent more from becoming infected and to advocate for the best care and quality of life. World AIDS Day is about people.

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"The Abundant Health Initiative: Our Promise to Children," affirmed at General Conference 2016, charges the General Board of Global Ministries to coordinate reaching 1 million children with lifesaving interventions by 2020. Gifts to UMGAF Advance #982345 will help Global Ministries fulfill this promise to pregnant women living with HIV and their unborn children, and to adolescent boys and girls who are among the most-at-risk populations for infection.

Global Ministries' HIV program supports grassroots projects to create HIV awareness, make counseling and testing accessible to pregnant women and teenagers as well as linking them to consistent treatment and support through home visits. This program also increases community capacity to respond to HIV/AIDS and to fight stigma. Global Ministries collaborates with the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee to strengthen the church's response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic through education and advocacy.

General Board of Global Ministries