About a year and a half ago, a group of pastors joined with the NAACP to write a manual designed to help church leaders talk to their congregations about the HIV epidemic in the African-American community. The manuals are now available online or in printed form.
About a year and a half ago, a group of pastors joined with the NAACP to write a manual designed to help church leaders talk to their congregations about the HIV epidemic in the African-American community. The manuals are now available online or in printed form. The efforts by the NAACP are necessary in response to the growing HIV crisis among African American women, and gay black men, two groups that are leaders in HIV infection. But heterosexual black males are also being affected, with a vast number of cultural influences convincing young black men to have more s****l partners than they should.
Shavon Arline-Bradley, the director of health programs for the NAACP, who helped in the creation creation of the manual said that this, too is a a civil rights issue.
“People look at us as just civil right rights, and what they’re missing is that health is one of the most pressing civil rights issues of our time,” Arline-Bradley said in an interview with the Associated Press. It has been established that African-Americans make up almost half of all new HIV infections, and are more likely to die of complications from AIDS than any other race. The NAACP says the black church can play a role in combatting the effect of HIV in the black community and offers this manual as a tool to begin the process.
The manual suggests that pastors talk about HIV in their sermons. It also encourages church leaders to promote safe s*x and access to condoms, and to organize HIV screening drives for their congregations. The manual also offers passages from the Bible to serve as starting points for teaching and conversation.
The manual can help the black church overcome the stigma that it’s done nothing to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. By condemning the gay community and only addressing out-of-wedlock s*x as a sin, the church often runs into problems with behavior that occurs behind closed doors. What happens behind closed doors is not always good and it can often be quite dangerous.