Gospel according to hiv
The role of the church is never underestimated by those within its reach. Data from the 2016 Stigma Index reinforces the transformative role the Church and faith leaders can play for someone living with HIV: 59% of BAME people living with HIV felt supported when they told someone in their faith community about their status.
The Gospel According to HIV harnesses the church’s influence as an agent of social change, in line with the UNAIDS goal to help end all new HIV diagnosis by 2030. NAZ, Mildmay and their partners recognise the Church — as a space for both spiritual nourishment and social action — should be considered a key conduit to reaching minority communities across the UK. The importance of the church in BAME communities is reinforced by the latest available data from the Evangelical Alliance report; a key stat being: 48% of churchgoers in London are Black.
Harnessing the church’s power in the communities we serve has long been a strategic and operational position at both NAZ and Mildmay and forms part of the NAZ- led Countdown to Zero campaign, a series of events and conversations aimed at prioritising the needs of BAME communities in the fight to end all new HIV diagnoses by 2030.