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13.05.05 04:11 Age: 7 yrs

HIV positive priest pleads for church leaders to fight stigma on

Athens (ENI). An Anglican priest who runs a network of African
religious leaders who have tested positive for HIV has urged
churches to end an "absolute fixation with sex" that stigmatises
those who live with the virus. That attitude hampers efforts to
check the spread of the pandemic and for many church leaders
"AIDS equals sex, equals sin, equals death", said the Rev.
Johannes Petrus (Japé) Heath, coordinator of the African Network
of Religious Leaders living with or personally affected by HIV
and AIDS (ANERELA+). [451 words, ENI-05-0356]