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Integration of HIV/AIDS services into Religious Programs: A bold step in mitigating the continuous impact of AIDS among young people from the faith dimension is an issue that has been under the control of perception and assumption. Both have no scientific basis, wherein the position of the activist is in the perceived notion that the church by reason of precept an opponent to the HIV/AIDS prevention campaign.  Whereas the church assumes that the activist have messages that does not consider the different environment and culture from which faith based institutions operate. However, this has made the approach to HIV/AIDS from both parties one that is facing opposite sides of the pole. However, the longstanding friction between the church and HIV/AIDS campaign, is on the motive of their messages, with the perception of “absolute freedom” as values advanced by secular societies as an intentional assault on religious fundamentalism and culture to contaminate the Christian values and ethos so that young people would never know the difference between Christianity and secular ways of doing things; which activist on the other hand see as an exploding potential to increase even worse the risk of exposure to the HIV virus. Social activist believe the reality is that, in fact all religions are gradually ceasing to act as societies moralizing force, here with relevance Christianity whether in Lagos, Las Vegas, California, and Great Britain.

Sexual activity amongst unmarried young persons is not traditionally accepted, as such many young persons who engage in premarital sexual activities have always found it difficult to discuss with their parents or other adults knowing their morals and church stand. Evidence from programs have revealed that the earliest partnership of faith based institutions is required now to mobilize all the energy available if the HIV/AIDS campaign is to have any significant outcome against scary projections.

OBJECTIVES

1.        Increase the visibility of the Church through its youth membership in the HIV/AIDS response program. B) Support the establishment of a Church based HIV/AIDS Support Fund to provide assistance in kind to young people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in its communities.

2.        To encourage the integration of scientific information with Christian practice, including preaching the care for infected and affected young persons. B) To increase the knowledge of Youths leaders in human biology, life skills as regards to HIV/AIDS Prevention and care in a common environment of participation learning and association.

3.        To Integrate required components of VCT and reproductive health counseling, and information services and strong referrals into the spiritual counselling program of the church.

4.      To improve in quality, access to and availability of information and service deliveries with regard to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care within the church community. B) Support the development, production and dissemination of IEC materials on HIV/AIDS by the church.

 

Adolescent Reproductive Health and HIV Counseling and referrals:

Promoting Sexual Health and Rights in the broader context of Health Sector Reform and Financing Providing HIV/AIDS Prevention Information and Services including Support.

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