The Deafening Silence of Churches in an HIV Epidemic

The percentage of people living in Washington, DC that are living with HIV or AIDS is amongst the highest of all U.S. cities. At 2.7% it is extremely high but it gets worse when looking at the percentage for African Americans only. At 4.3 percent the percentage of African Americans with HIV or AIDS rivals some African countries.

Many African Americans’ lives revolve around church and yet it is still uncommon for the HIV and AIDS epidemic to be discussed in church.

Since the early 1980 when the disease started to be widespread, many health officials have been critical of Black church leaders for not speaking about it. Many speculate that the spread of the disease has been made worse by the silence of the Black churches and them condemning  homosexuals and drug use. Yet others say that the Black church has been unfairly targeted in discussions about HIV and AIDS.

As the 19th International AIDS Conference that will be held in Washington, DC on July 22-27, approaches, Michelle Boorstein has encouraged local church leaders to talk about how the Black church will handle the epidemic. Michelle Boorstein is a Post religion writer.

Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the D.C. based National Black Church Initiative, also spoke out saying that the Black church allowed the 1980s to pass without dealing with the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Evans, who heads a network of 34,000 U.S churches said that that would change. Evans and his group have declared a national health emergency in the black church. The group plans to reveal a plan to encourage a year of celibacy in the churches. Said Evans:

“We want everyone to take a year off of s*x and deal with who they are.”

Evans suggested using the year of abstinence to focus on God and also encouraged parishioners to get tested and deal with their results. The church leader also encouraged church goers to let their pastors know if thy were HIV positive and noted that  the black church is being criticized unfairly on the issue.

Evans went on to say:

“There is no question one of the weapons the gay community has against the black church and its opposition to same-s*x marriage is saying we haven’t done anything to solve the question of AIDS. On one hand, they’re absolutely right. But I think from 1990 until today, the black church has moved mountains.”

Evans also said that a lot of people who are affected by the epidemic are affected because of their ignorance and need education programs.

29 Responses to The Deafening Silence of Churches in an HIV Epidemic

  1. What Would Jesus Do?

    • HIV is synthetic. It has been developed over a number of years and it has an affinity for people of color. What the science and medical evidence concludes is that the HIV enzyme seeks out a receptor site in the blood of the Black genome. The receptor site is the CCR5 Delta 32+ (positive) gene that all people of color have. In the same sense, on the other end of the spectrum, is the 15 percent Caucasian population of the world, which is CCR5 Delta 32-(negative) gene. That means that under no circumstances, whether HIV came through the air, intravenous drug usage or any form of s****l activity, would the virus be transferable in Caucasian sector of the world’s population, which is basically of northern European descent.

      It is speculated by some experts that, in a worse case scenario, 85 percent of the world’s population could potentially perish under these designer viruses and designer synthetic biological agents. What we’re looking at here—because of this identified gene of the Black genome, this CCR5 Delta32+ (positive)—we are potentially looking at the eradication of all people of color.The bible states “My people perish for lack of knowledge. The true devil doesn’t wear red tights, a cape with horns protruding from his forehead instead, the devil incarnate are diabolical Caucasian scientist (men and women) in white lab coats.

      • True. Too bad a bunch of caucasians are felled by the very same thing they’ve invented for people of color. They’ve overlooked the one pervasive fact that will do them in–can’t put the genie back in the bottle. Besides that their numbers are rapidly decreasing as blacks and browns are increasing.

        Notice how some high profile whites are checking out lately? Notice how much self destruction, couped with disease, are impacting yt folk? Notice the murder suicides? The mass killings? Peeps are checking out of this Earth of ours in droves.

        So whatever biological conconctions they’re cooking up they’d best watch themselves. What goes around certainly comes around and from the looks of it things are coming around yt folks faster than they can manage. Perhaps that’s why the race to populate the Moon is on and popping.

        Yt folk have screwed up the Earth and they’re planning to make hay getting the h**l off this planet. Of course they’re the ones building underground bunkers and reinforced sophisticated panic rooms. Won’t mean a d**n thing if this big old tomato goes up in smoke!

  2. I don’t blame the church. African-Americans “ran” from church beginning in the 60′s. Our morals are decayed and now we want to ask what the chuch did not do.

    Shame on you, the church is not at fault for your risk and immoral behavior. If you were in church and following God’s laws maybe you would not have HIV/AIDS…sorry no pity from me and no blame from me against the church.

    • Elizabeth, I have to agree with you. I do feel sorry for anyone who contracts this horrible disease but it really is your own fault. That is a horrible way to die but something as simple as a condom would prevent this horrible disease. A condom. Black people have got to stop pointing the blame and take some responsiblity for their own actions.

      • @ sherry favors and elizabeth,

        your ignorance is transparent as to why the church should be involved in educating black people about hiv.

        while spewing your ignorance and hatred, next time please be aware that you, friends or family can get hiv through a blood transfusion.

        to believe that s*x is the only way to get contract hiv shows your ignorance and why we need to educate more people about the disease.

      • Is it not written that “my people perish for lack of knowledge.” Don’t think it can’t happen in your church. As an HIV educator, I can tell you that there are churches filled with HIV positive people who don’t disclose their HIV status out of fear of condemnation. People boast about going to church on Sunday. But not everyone who pays tithes, talks in tongues, gets the spirit, ushers, sings, preaches and praises is necessarily saintly outside the sanctuary. Just because I see you in church three days a week does not always equate with what you do in the bedroom. There are plenty of holy ghost filled, saved and sanctified folks who are man-sharing, having multiple children by different men/women, cheating on their spouses, shacking, molesting children, clubbing on saturday night, etc. The church is not necessarily the bastion of righteousness you think it is(or want it to be). Lastly, how many HIV postive people do you know? What face to face contact have you had? The reality is that there may be someone in your congregation who is living with an HIV diagnosis. Think about it. As for morality, what about the christians IN CHURCH who are engaged in high risk, unprotected s****l activity outside marriage with multiple partners? What about the male and female pastors IN CHURCH fraternizing with their congregants? What about the fleecing of church members finances? Being “IN CHURCH” does not mean that you are living in accordance with Biblical principles. Here in the south, going to church is, in many cases, more about form than substance; it has become a tradition. It is like a white washed tomb filled with dead men’s bones because people are unwilling to dicuss and educate church folk about relevant issues. However, those who do this lack true dedication to living the faith daily.

        • So, Andre, what do you propose? Just like all individuals are not fornicators or on the down-low, all churches are not guided by sin and hypocritical behavior.

          Should we all just give up and just let everything go in this country? But, those of us who choose not to participate and try to live decent, civil lives are expected to clean up the mess when it happens?

          I often hear people talking about how they don’t give a d**n and they are going to do whatever they want to. But, other people suffer or even die from their own selfishness and negligence.

          I propose a day when the responsible stop being responsible. Why don’t everyone get stoned and go crazy for one day and see what happens? There isn’t enough police, National Guard, Army and other force protectors in the country to handle the ensuing debacle.

          Apparently, it isn’t good to try to live right. Let’s all fall off the moral slippery slope and see how far we go in this country.

          Any takers?!!!!

      • What can the church say or do that will stop this epidemic? It seems to me that the individuals who engage in promiscuity or unprotected s*x must be culpable. While I don’t wish disease on anyone, it really does not matter what the church teaches, people will do whatever they want.

        When they become infected, they look to the church for support and acceptance, not condemnation, yet they chose to conduct their lives in a way that is the very antithesis of the church’s teachings. Now, they want the church to not only support them but to pretend that homosexuality and drug use is sanctioned by the word when it is not!!!!

        I am appalled that so many political and religious figures want the church to abandon it’s doctrines in order to pacify gays and normalize homosexuality. Why don’t we just stop pretending that we are guided by biblical principles, when we simply abandom them with which way the wind blows on issues.

        I agree compassion for these individuals is probably the best route. But, forsaking the bible to assauge man’s sins and guilt should not be a companion piece.

        Don’t worry. I am sure that when our “christian” president is re-elected, the bible would have not only been revised on this issue, but he and the LGBT lobby will have adopted the new more progressive one by former President Jimmy Carter or have written a new one.

        Of course, those in opposition to it will be victims of religious persecution. And, so the church should act now while they have a choice to make their own decisions.

    • It is ignorant and hateful comments like this that cause me to shake my head. b***h, maybe if YOU practiced what you preach, you would show more of Jesus’ love and compassion than the c**p you just typed. This is why WHEN you get it(HIV) from a husband( I can’t imagine who would lay up with such a moron like you for life, but hey, who knows…)who forgot to tell you he got it from some other chick, I pray you just slit your wrist. God knows the Earth God created can be a better place if ignorant trash like you was no longer around.

  3. The demise of a disproportionate number of black people all of over the globe from what is said to be “HIV/AIDS” has two main reasons:

    1) the greater focus on testing/TARGETING black people which leads to the prescription of drugs that result in liver failure, AND

    2) the fact that “HIV antibody tests” react to SOMETHING that black people have more than other folks that has NO relationship to an infectious and deadly disease.

    The virus, itself, has never been identified clearly under a microscope. But, even if you find that hard to understand or believe. This should not be hard to understand: If this proposed “HIV” caused AIDS, the number of AIDS cases would not have doubled while the number of “HIV positive people” remained constant.

    That is not to say that immune deficiencies are not real. They are real and always have been. But, there is no evidence yet of a biologically infectious one. , some are due to poor diet, drugs (including ARVs), environmental toxins. Some are genetic. Even now, as we debate HIV, white mothers and their children are being treated for PID (Primary Immunodeficiency), a genetic disorder—These white women are not being told they contracted it from unsafe s*x with white men.

    Big Will, you’re on the right track when you say that “HIV is synthetic.” But it is not “synthetic” in the biochemical sense. It is synthetic in that the idea of “HIV” has become an infectious, hard to cure idea. But, then, that’s the point with propaganda, isn’t it?

  4. This is a very dear subject to me, because I believe a lack of education without stero typing who can get it and who cannot has placed so many people in danger of contacting STD’s, HIV and AIDS. We have to STOP identifying who can and who can’t get it, but start talking more about pervention and awareness. ALL CHURCHES, COMMUNITY GROUPS, SCHOOLS, TALK SHOW HOST ETC should be talking prevention and awareness.

  5. I believe HIV/AIDS has been around since the dawn of time. Having said that, I also believe that the disease has been genetically engineered to by given in vaccine form to people of color. The spread of it is off the charts in Africa, and it is in certain populations here as well.

    • Yes. What is suspicious is how HIV has been reported in African children and youth who have no history of s****l activity. There is definitely more to this than we have been told. There is information that indicates it a form of the Human immuno deficiency virus was initially introduced into sub saharan Africa by being “piggy-backed” on the small pox vaccines distributed by the WHO (world health organization) in the 70′s.

      • Children get infected from their mother while they are in the womb.

      • @Andre Children get infected from their mother while they are in the womb.
        @Erica your cure is no better than the ‘cure’ spread in many African countries that if an infected man has s*x with a virgin he will be cured. HIV is a treatable disease now, people live long enough to die of heart disease like the rest of us.

  6. big will i agree with you.Once again here is the cure below spread the cure

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    3. Add 3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive oil and 3 cups of water

    4. Add 3 tablespoons of non GE/GMO local garlic

    5. Add 3 tablespoons of non GE/GMO local Ginger (Double this amount for people with Lung problems/ Asthma)

    6. Add 3 teaspoons of cold pressed Hemp Seed Oil (Double for Epilepsy & nervous diseases)

    7. Add 3 teaspoons of cold pressed Flax Seed Oil

    8. Add 3 tablespoons of Aloe Vera extract (with no preservatives)

    9. Add 1 teaspoon of tumeric

    10. Add 3 tablespoons of a natural Multivitamin/ Multi Mineral supplement (Foodstate multi mineral & Vitamin)

    11. Add ¼ teaspoon of Stevia powder.(or less)

    12. Add 3 cups of ozon enriched filtered water (We recommend OASIS water 0861 762 747)

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    14. Drink 1/3 in the morning, 1/3 after lunch and 1/3 in the evening. Repeat this for 6 to 24 weeks non stop, depending on when you feel that you have fully recovered. Then you can maintain your health by eating organic and wholesome. You can also use Umlingo WamaNgcolosi for maintenance by having one bottle twice a month.

    In addition on a daily basis the patient should eat 2 large Beetroots/day, 2 Brazil Nuts, 1 Tablespoon of Pumpkin Seeds, as much non GE/GMO organic Fruit and Veggies as possible, drink 2 liters of Filtered water, expose the body to sunshine in the mornings and late afternoons and breath deeply. If the patient feels like drinking Tea, it should only be natural herbal tea like green or Rooibos tea without sugar. (You can use Stevia powder to sweeten)

    Incase of Asthma, Do the following breathing exercise a couple of times per day: Breath out, till all is out (bending even over). Breath in on the count of 8, hold your breath for the count of 8, and breath out again, bending over. Singing songs where you have to use up your air is also a good way to do this exercise

    Avoid the following until you are free of Symptoms and beyond:

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    NEVER stop your medication on your own (unless you have 100% faith in your own decisions based on real knowledge) – it can be dangerous. Have yourself monitored regularly by a doctor (or a registered nurse who is allowed to adjust your or terminate your medication) for insulin, high blood pressure medication and cholesterol medication should you have doubts. You will need less medication as you stay on Umlingo WamaNgcolosi untill all medication may be stopped. You can reduce medication like painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs yourself, but for example cortisone or steroids (often prescribed for arthritis and asthma are drugs you have to be weaned of, depending how long you have been on it. Although you will not need your asthma pump anymore, keep it with you till you know for sure you will not need it anymore. Don’t just throw it out when you have not used it for a week or two.

    Once you are well, you can reduce Umlingo WamaNgcolosi to twice per day. Keep on monitoring your ph so it stays in the normal range, and than you can reduce the Umlingo WamaNgcolosi to once per day. You will notice that when for example you have eaten many things you should normally avoid, like cakes, puddings and meat, your ph may drop and you may feel sluggish the next day. Just for one or two days take again 3 cups of Umlingo WamaNgcolosi, so you can get all the junk quickly out of your body. Do not see this as a diet but a lifestyle change. The saying “You are what you eat” is so true. You eat junk, you become diseased!
    Umlingo WamaNgcolosi juice will bring your body back to balance. When you have eaten something that makes you feel nauseas, or causes you to vomit or have diarrhea just take 2 tablespoons of activated charcoal every 2 hours till it has stopped. You can also grind some burned wood or plain charcoal into a powder and take that. We advise on many other diseases like Lupus, cancers, autism, strokes, heart, emphysema, etc. The basic Umlingo WamaNgcolosi juice is than still used but with other things added. You can e-mail us on informationclinic@gmail.com to find out what to add. Keep smiling, 1love

  7. Mahari Mengistu

    Many of these “ministers” are going str8 to h**l. And that is WHERE THEY BELONG. They don’t love our people but they just luuv the white God and the white Jesus, they pick on or ignore the needy and they suck the economic blood out of those who need it most AND they are full of hate.
    If God is a fair and just God, He has a VERY LARGE SPACE (because it will be crowded) reserved in h**l JUST FOR THEM!

  8. What goes around, comes around, straight people… When HIV was thought of as a “gay” disease, you heterosexuals in the Church turned your backs on the LGBT community, and mocked them. Now that half of all new AIDS cases are affecting heterosexual blacks, NOW you start sounding the alarm? Karma is a b***h, I tell you….why should we care about you all getting it any more than you all cared when the LGBT community was devastated by it? Do unto others, as others would have done unto you. You turned your backs on us, so we don’t give ANY f**k what happens to you.

    • What statistics are you reading? From what I have read, black gay and bisexual men are infected at higher rates and black women are mainly affected by men who have s*x with other men.

      So, since you are so happy about this disease getting “straighty”, why should we be compassionate and supportive of resources and treatment for gays and bisexuals who acquire the diseases?

      You mock and denigrate the very same people you seek compassion and support from yet the main stream media, gay advocates and even the president allows you this freedom of speech.

      Is it the “straighty’s” fault that gay and bisexual men have HIV/AIDS at higher rates and black women are now infected at unprecedented levels. You and others want to make this a straight persons’ disease when, in fact, in this country it didn’t start out this way. Gay/Bi men have been given a pass for this. Where is the outrage on the spreading of this disease into the heterosexual population or the fact that they date/marry and screw males and females and is just plain arrogant and selfish.

      We all should be on our needs asking God’s grace and forgiveness. We have chosen a path to spiritual blight and moral armageddon and we don’t seem to fully understand the consequences.

  9. Evans says that ‘from 1990 to today, the black church has moved mountains’. But the black church was the strongest it has ever been several decades before 1990 back during the Civil Rights movement and even before that. Back then, we had social activists actively engaged in trying to make things better for us in all aspects of our lives: ex: Martin Luther King, Jr. so his statement is ridiculous.

  10. Also, the plan to ‘Abstain from s*x for a year’ shouldn’t apply to married couples in the church. It should apply only to single people. Does he seriously expect married folk to go without s*x from each other for a whole year? That is a bogus idea.

    • I feel you on that. But at least someone is adressing the fact that there are single people in church who are having s*x. People in the church like to condemn, but there is a great deal of denial and double-mindedness when it comes to s*x. The fact is that many so-called saints lack the discipline to abstain from s*x, no matter what scripture says. That’s sad. But at least the church can help(if it has the WILL)to educate people and stop them from being in denial about their vulnerability to HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. It is disappointing to her our people say it only happens to so-called “sissy’s, drug addicts, teenie boppers, and nasty folk”. Not so. It can be big mama, auntie, a cousin, an uncle, even a parent.

  11. ColorMeBrooklyn

    …a year of celibacy? Haha you nergos can’t be serious.

    “We want everyone to take a year off of s*x and deal with who they are.” *in tears* lol smh you old heads have not a CLUE!

    Really YBW, thx for this laugh. My stomachs hurts I cried laughing so hard.

    (Umm promoting condom use; starting serious convos about youth s*x – opening channels between teenagers & adults? Lol no this bs. smh #The”BlkChurch”StaysLosing)

  12. Smh…. Yes are people die from a lack of knowledge. But let’s not forget that the word also says that there is. Lathing new under the sun. As a advocate,educator and Christian I am shocked by the therories i see in these post. I can go on for days on this subject but i won’t . So here I go! The church needs to step it up! People are dying in church sitting right there in pews thinking that it will be ok as long as no one brings up what’s really going on in the community. I have people come to me in the middle of service upset by test results and for some reason could not figure out what is there next move ! Therefore we the church need to stop a. Giving excuse and start telling the whole truth. B. it is not enough to say abstain let’s break down why we should abstain. And last. It never least…. We the church need to take a stand on the word of God and tell truth! And catch up and pay attention to what’s going on in the community.

  13. Retired firefighter from Washington dc

    Hey, Nat Turner, don’ t be so mean. Some people just like to hear themselves talk. Peace

  14. Retired firefighter from Washington dc

    Hassan Hartley, by us I guess you mean you and your fellow HIV/ aids carriers? I can tell you must be hurting very badly. I’ve met sick people like you. You’re bitter about your condition. But it is what it is. Don’t wish it on others. Your comments are so cold. I hope you live long, and I hope you change. Respect.

  15. My people frighten me with their judgemental, ignorant attitudes towards HIV/AIDS.

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