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Visioning an AIDS-Free World

The problem of the HIV/AIDS epidemic can be overwhelming. This fatal disease has infected millions of people, left millions more orphaned, and it continues to spread. United Methodists are not quiet regarding this global crisis. We are there, comforting the sick, and bringing healing and education to those within our reach. (United Methodist Committee on Relief).

Be a part of the solution.

Know the Facts

(2012-2013: UNAIDS.org)

  • An estimated 35.3 million people live with HIV around the world
  • More than 10% of people living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries are age 50 years or above
  • By the end of 2012, some 9.7 million people in low- and middle-income countries were accessing antiretroviral therapy, an increase of nearly 20% in just one year
  • Every hour, 50 young women are newly infected with HIV
  • In 2012, 260,000 children were newly infected with HIV
  • 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV today do not know that they have the virus

Donate

The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund has supported 175 Christ-centered, church-oriented HIV & AIDS programs in 37 countries. Yet there is so much more work to be done to create an AIDS-free world.

To make a monetary contribution to the UM Global AIDS Fund:

  • visit givetomission.org
  • donate through your church, or
  • mail your check to:
    United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
    PO Box 9068
    New York, NY 10087.

Make sure to indicate the Advance Special number for the Fund which is #982345.

Events

World AIDS Day: December 1

World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have died. Lift up the AIDS issue this World AIDS Day. If you have questions, please write or call: lbales@umc-gbcs.org or 703-282-6254. Please think about ways you can promote this yearly event in your local congregation and/or community. It’s so important.

Click here for more information.

21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)
July 17-22, 2016

The biennial International AIDS Conference will take place July 2016 in Durban, South Africa. It is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policymakers, people living with HIV and others committed to ending the epidemic.

Click here for more information about the conference.

40 Days of Prayer for Persons Living with and Affected by HIV and AIDS

Resources

A free, downloadable resource is available that offers 40 daily devotions leading up to World AIDS Day on December 1. “40 Days of Prayers for Persons Affected & Living with HIV & AIDS” is a joint effort of the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Committee and the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS).

This and other HIV & AIDS-related resources are also available through the GBCS store.

20/20: Visioning An AIDS-Free World

20/20: Visioning An AIDS-Free World is a new initiative of the UMC Global AIDS Fund Committee to lift up the importance of working to eradicate AIDS and mobilize funding to support global AIDS projects. Leading up to World AIDS Day, you are encouraged to promote this campaign. Handouts and other resources can be found on the General Board of Church and Society 20/20 webpage or send an email to 2020AIDSFreeworld@gmail.com or call 918-289-1274 or 703-282-6254.

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