HIV and AIDS Care
HIV and AIDS is not an individual problem – it affects all of us. All of us have a duty to join the struggle against HIV and AIDS and show love to those infected. Once a client tests HIV positive one of the most vital things that a living and compassionate church must do is lend support and care.
Stigma and ignorance has led to a very poor relationship between people who are living with HIV and AIDS and the church in many areas. People living with HIV may fear revealing their status in case they are thrown out or put on church discipline. The deep seated prejudices of individuals are tough to change, but through stigma reduction measures and training of care workers and volunteers as part of the HIV team in each community, this situation is changing slowly. ADVANCE has a designated Centre for the counselling and care of PLWH in Ogugu, Kogi State. The Donegore Centre openly serves all the members of Ogugu community regardless of financial situation, faith or age. As clients come for counselling over this very painful and life changing issue, some are turning to Christ for the first time and others are realising the joy of a deeper relationship with their God.