HIV / AIDS Support Group
Recent statistics can be found on the UK Government website, a few of which are as follows:
- The number of people living with HIV in the UK continues to rise, with an estimated 83,000 infected at the end of 2008, of whom over a quarter, 27%, were unaware of their infection.
- Number of people accessing HIV care in Bedfordshire – over 800.
- Number of people accessing HIV care in Hertfordshire – over 750.
The NAM website seeks to share information and extend people’s understanding of HIV / AIDS; two sections recommended for introductory reading are ‘HIV – the Basics’ and ‘Living with HIV’.
As Christians we can express our concern for those affected in some way by HIV / AIDS through information, prayer and support of international agencies dedicated to improving health care and education in the countries most affected by AIDS.
And for us here – in St Albans Diocese?
OurHIV / AIDS Support Group has a two-fold aim:
- To address the issue of knowledge and awareness of HIV / AIDS to clergy and members of the churches in our diocese, and
- To initiate practical activities that we hope will have a positive, even if small, affect on an individual’s quality of life.
In order to achieve these aims, we work closely with the two local HIV / AIDS Support Centres listed below:
- HIV Community Services, GUM, Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ – Tel. 07919 211946 or email.
- The Crescent, 19 Russell Avenue, St Albans AL3 5ES – Tel. 01727 842532 or email
Prayer is at the centre of our purpose and our work. We prepare a prayer each year for World Aids Day, and we invite you to add your voice to ours:
CONTACT: Group Chair – Susan Roberts: Email Susan