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NEWS: STANDING UP TO STIGMA

The 2012 UNAIDS report reveals great strides in the battle to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS. More people than ever have access to antiretroviral therapies—even in impoverished countries. People are living longer with HIV and AIDS, and the number of new infections has decreased by 20 percent in the last decade.

Even with these gains, stigma is very much alive in many places in the world. Joe Samalenge is an UMCOR Health intern from Drew University and is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He recalls a community there that became renowned for HIV/AIDS. He says the "entire community was stigmatized, and they lost most of their friends; young girls lost their chances of getting married, and they generally lost their human dignity in that area."

"Stigma is one of the most significant roadblocks we face as we work toward an AIDS-free world," says Patricia Magyar member of the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (UMGAF) committee and UMCOR Health executive. "It prevents people from seeking help and it stands in the way of education, which is the key to prevention." Read more.

As World AIDS Day approaches on December 1, consider how you can help put an end to the stigma that people living with HIV and AIDS face in the United States and around the world. Your gift to the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345, supports programs that overcome stigma and give real help to people living with HIV and AIDS and their loved ones.

PRAYER: FAMILIES IN NEED

Pray for those who are hungry and for those who are spending this Thanksgiving coping with Hurricane Sandy's impact.

MEDIA: A LOOK AT HIV AND AIDS

In this week's "A Look at HIV and AIDS" video, two Drew University students from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania share intimate stories about AIDS-related stigma. Watch the video.

RESOURCE: UNITED METHODIST GLOBAL AIDS FUND

As we approach World AIDS Day on December 1, learn more about what United Methodists are doing to work towards and AIDS-free world through the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund.

And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.

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A woman is tested for HIV/AIDS at Ganta Hospital in Liberia. Knowing your status is critical to living with HIV/AIDS and preventing transmission, but stigma often prevents people from getting tested.
A woman is tested for HIV/AIDS at Ganta Hospital in Liberia. Knowing your status is critical to living with HIV/AIDS and preventing transmission, but stigma often prevents people from getting tested.
Karen A. Cheng

Margaret Lowe rests her hand on a wheelbarrow in the middle of her dining room in which she has spread out bills and other important papers to dry after her Freeport, N.Y., home was flooded by Hurricane Sandy.
Margaret Lowe, 75, describes the damage caused by floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy at her home in Freeport, N.Y., on Long Island. The water buckled floors and ruined walls and furniture. Lowe is a member of Freeport United Methodist Church.
A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Two Drew University students talk about HIV and AIDS.
Two Drew University students talk about HIV and AIDS. Watch the video.

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