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What can I do to make a difference?

There are many things you can do to make a difference in the fight against AIDS, and to overcome stigma and discrimination. Eight simple Next Steps are outlined in a brochure for local use you can take for positive change in attitudes that cause HIV and AIDS-related stigma and discrimination. These steps are appropriate for your local church or parish, school or community group.

 

  1. Begin with yourself
    Examine your own understanding, feelings and experience of HIV and AIDS. What questions do you have
  2. Reach out to your community
    Connect to others, organize and plan to make a difference together. You can offer an open house, panel discussion, prayer service, or demonstration.
  3. Help your church become a welcoming community to people living with HIV and AIDS
    Deepen understanding and acceptance. Consider using welcoming poster images for a banner, on bulletin covers or in newsletters.
  4. Make HIV and AIDS a part of your worship life
    This is central to our experience as Christians. Pray, teach, preach and use hopeful and positive examples to address HIV and AIDS in your church.
  5. Communicate creatively
    Don't shy away from using art, drama and music to express the sorrow, hope and challenge of HIV and AIDS.
  6. Advocate for change
    Changing policies is essential to making a real difference for the millions of people affected by HIV. Learn what your political leaders are doing about the issue, and challenge them to do more.
  7. Continue to learn
    Start with the basics, and then learn more. Find ways to share information creatively with adults and young people. There are many good study sessions that will work in your parish or local group.
  8. Be positive about positive people
    All who are affected by HIV and AIDS have an important and inspiring story to tell, and are our best resource in learning and working to change harmful attitudes. Reach out to communities of people living with HIV and AIDS.

 

Find more ideas and resources under Overcoming Stigma or in the Resource Library.