Vatican: H.I.V./AIDS Treatment for All

In a statement released for World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, said that annual day of reflection and action on H.I.V./AIDS offers “a new opportunity to promote universal access to therapies for those who are infected, the prevention of transmission from mother to child and education in lifestyles that involve, as well, an approach that is truly correct and responsible as regards sexuality.” He called it also “a privileged moment to relaunch the fight against social prejudice.” An estimated 1.8 million people still die every year because of H.I.V./AIDS, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. “These are people who could lead normal lives if they only had access to suitable pharmacological therapies, those known as antiretroviral therapies,” Archbishop Zimowski said.

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

“Amoris Laetitia” addresses the reality of Catholics in “non-legitimate unions” and opens the possibility for them to receive the Eucharist under certain conditions.
Gerard O'ConnellFebruary 22, 2017
Immigration officials “no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement” and “have full authority to arrest or apprehend an alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe is in violation of the immigration laws.”
Michael O'LoughlinFebruary 21, 2017
El sistema de libre empresa es compatible con nuestra preocupación por los desfavorecidos, escribe un economista y católico converso.
Arthur C. BrooksFebruary 21, 2017
The pope's emphasis on protecting undocumented workers is particularly significant for Europe and the United States, where the treatment of refugees and migrants has been a consistent challenge.
Gerard O'ConnellFebruary 21, 2017