Aparecida 421: HIV-AIDS

In the first world, there is not yet a cure. But there is often a life expectancy for those with access to medical care. Still, the condition is stigmatizing for many. I can imagine more so in Third World situations in which expensive medical treatments are more difficult to acquire.

421. Hence, healthcare ministry, which includes different fields of care, should be fostered in the particular churches. We regard it as extremely important to encourage a ministry to people living with HIV-AIDS, in its broader context and in its pastoral meanings. It should promote accompanying people with understanding and mercy, and defending the rights of persons who are infected, make information available, and promote education and prevention with ethical criteria, primarily among the younger generations, so as to awaken the consciousness of everyone to contain this pandemic. At this Fifth General Conference, we ask governments to provide free universal access to AIDS drugs and the proper dosages.

For a deeper look, consult an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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