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Theological consultation on HIV prevention to break the silence

Theological consultation on HIV
prevention to help "break the silence"

An international gathering of over 30 Christian theologians and ethicists as well as

people directly involved in and affected by the HIV pandemic, will meet 28 January- 2

February in Johannesburg, South Africa. Participants will share different views and

teachings on HIV prevention and seek to identify common values that undergird their

shared commitment to stop the spread of HIV and eradicate AIDS.

"We are fully aware that HIV prevention touches on very sensitive issues

in many cultures and faith traditions," says Linda Hartke, coordinator of the

Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, which is sponsoring the consultation. "For us, the

most important element of HIV prevention is to break the silence, particularly in

Christian communities, that surrounds evidenced- based HIV prevention, including

addressing vulnerability and root causes of HIV transmission."

Participants come from a broad range of Christian traditions including Anglican,

Baptist, Evangelical, Lutheran, Orthodox, Reformed, Roman Catholic and Uniting

churches. Over 20 countries, from every region of the world, are represented.

The report of the consultation will be used to promote further reflection and

networking, building on the long and active involvement of faith-based organizations

in the response to HIV and AIDS.

"Through the report of this consultation, and any guidelines or networks or new

initiatives that grow out of this consultation, we hope that our efforts will widen

participation and openness in HIV prevention by faith- based organizations, so that

we can more effectively and compassionately respond to those most vulnerable to HIV

transmission", states Hartke.

For more information contact Sara Speicher (UK), sspeicher@e-alliance.ch, +44 1524

727 651 or Lyn van Rooyen (South Africa), info@cabsa.co.za, Mobile: +27 83 293 7163,

Tel: +27 11 796-6830

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and

Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on global trade and HIV and AIDS. The

Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see

http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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