Magazine article Anglican Journal

Nigerians Tackle AIDS Problem

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Nigerians Tackle AIDS Problem

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Abuja, Nigeria

(ACNS)--Talking to congregations about HIV/AIDS every Sunday is one of the innovative ways that the (Anglican) Church of Nigeria is using to spread messages about HIV prevention and AIDS care.

Each Sunday the church's AIDS co-ordinator, Emmanuel Olatunji, visits worshippers in their churches to discuss how they can avoid HIV infection and how they as a congregation can care for those who are affected in their community.

To drive his point home, he is accompanied by a person living with HIV/AIDS who shares his or her testimony. This helps to give credence that AIDS is real and even people who appear healthy can be infected.

At a service at Christ Church in the diocese of Abuja, Mr. Olatunji candidly explained ways in which HIV is transmitted and ways in which it is not. Parishioners appeared surprised to hear that sharing utensils and even clothes cannot transmit HIV. The service was spiced with drama and music about how to avoid contracting AIDS. …

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