Religious leaders have a unique power
HIV/AIDS is a crisis of enormous spiritual, social, economic and political proportions. Overcoming HIV/AIDS requires courage, commitment and leadership at all levels, especially among religious leaders who can use the trust and authority they have in their communities to change the course of the pandemic. The religious leaders have a unique power within them because people have faith and trust in them and whatever they say is carefully listened and followed.
Religious leaders combat prejudicial and discriminatory practices
The Global Faith Coalition for Getting to Zero includes religious leaders living with HIV, as well as networks of churches, people of faith, and theological institutions, training the next generation of leaders. They combat prejudicial and discriminatory practices, change attitudes and overcome obstacles to effectively meet the needs, as well as defending the rights and dignity of people living with HIV (PLHIV).