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 Form 4 CRE online lessons on responsible sexual behaviour

Role of the Church towards HIV and STIs

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Role of the Church towards HIV and STIs:
-Training the clergy to acquire knowledge and skills on how to prepare and offer educational programmes that educate all people about the dangers of STIs and HIV and AIDS.
-Being actively involved in working with parents to educate children and adolescents on the need for responsible sexual behavior. This includes behavioral and attitudinal change.
-Counselling those who are already HIV-positive to change their sexual behavior in
order to minimize re-infection and the spreading of the virus to other people.
-Helping those who are at risk but not yet infected to see the need to avoid infection by refraining from promiscuous sexual relations, cultivating positive self-assertion, self-worth, self-image, self-esteem and true love.
-Ministering to people living with AIDS through preaching and practicing Christian love and offering hope. Christians have a duty to care for the disadvantaged and underprivileged by emulating Jesus’ example of caring for the lowly in society such as women, lepers, tax collectors and sinners.
-Providing material support in terms of food, clothing, medicine to people living with HIV and AIDS. Such people need to be helped to deal with exerting chores in the house, school, farm or any other place of their occupation.
-Advocating for the protection of the human rights of people living with HIV and AIDS.
-Facilitating the infected and the affected with job opportunities or income generating projects so that they can support themselves and feel affirmed.