In Faith & Love

HIV in the UK is not a problem restricted to BAME communities but it is disproportionality affecting the BAME community:

  • In 2011 there were approximately 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK, 24% of these people are unaware of their infection
  • The proportion of people diagnosed late is higher amongst BAME communities than the general population
  • BAME people make up 13% of the UK population* but since 1995 account for 52% of all newly diagnosed HIV cases?**
  • Milton Keynes has is a hot spot for late diagnosis. There has never been a more urgent time for Faith Leaders in BAME communities to take ownership of supporting people living with and affected by HIV.

The In Faith & Love programme will help you to:

  • Address the barriers (stigma, denial, fear, etc.) associated with discussing HIV within your congregation
  • Develop spiritual and pastoral skills to support people with sexual health difficulties within the context of faith

The course has three elements:

Participants attend a mandatory two-day training course (Thursday and Friday 27th and 28th February at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Fishermead the corner of Veran Place and Fishermead Boulevard) which has been developed with the support of the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV.
Participants create a sexual health plan for their congregation that empowers individuals to prioritise their sexual health and access support services independently.
Participants organise an event or refer 10 people to have an HIV test. Participants that have completed all three parts of the course will receive ‘Investors in Congregations Sexual Health’ kite mark and will be invited to attend a certification ceremony at the House of Commons.
You must be a current Faith Leader i.e. Minister, Imam, Priest, Muller, Deacon, Elder, Women’s / Men’s/ Youth Ministry Leader You must be able to complete all parts of the course requirements. You must have permission from your board/ leadership team to represent the Organization.