Today is the first Monday of Advent and it is also World AIDS Day which seems very appropriate as remember all of those in whom the divine image is still disfigured and distorted. We await the coming of Christ in the expectation and anticipation that when God’s new world comes in all its fullness all those who suffer the ravages of this and other terrible diseases will be made whole and restored to all that God intends them to be.
Much has been accomplished in the fight against HIV/AIDS from scientific, medical and public health standpoints. However, now is no time to rest on our accomplishments or our laurels. The statistics of the HIV/AIDS pandemic tell us that much more needs to be done.
Around the world, a staggering 2.7 million people were infected in 2007 alone. Globally, 33 million people are living with HIV infection, most of them in the developing world. In the United States, more than 1 million people are living with HIV. And 56,000 more people are infected each year in the U.S., driving HIV prevalence rates in some of our communities to levels that rival those seen in sub-Saharan Africa. Gay and bisexual men, and African-Americans in general, are disproportionately affected. The true ground zero of the HIV epidemic in the United States is in those communities. Read the entire article here