What to Do when Someone You Know has AIDS? | World AIDS Day 2019

Every time December arrives, people normally think of the holidays and the celebrations that they could cherish with loved ones and communities.

Unbeknownst to many, the 1st of December and the rest of the month are also important opportunities to observe the World AIDS Day.

Bannering the theme Communities Make the Difference, this year’s commemoration encourages every individual to unite in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and show support for people living with it.

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According to World AIDS Day.org, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. This translates to millions of people who need love, understanding, and care. 

Wondering how you can extend help? Here’s what you can do when someone you know is living with HIV or AIDS: 

Listen to understand.     

For decades, the world has been so loud in condemning people who are living with HIV and AIDS. In fact, the World AIDS Day website tells that 1 in 5 people living with HIV say that they have needed help with loneliness. 

People who are living with the condition might feel guilt and depressionThey might also feel judged. That’s why it’s important to be in the attitude of love. Take time to listen to their stories and assure them that your relationship with each other will not change. Through your kindnessyou can show them that even Jesus came not to condemn people, but to care for them. 

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17) 

Reach out. 

Many are willing to lend a listening ear, but who are willing to lend a helping hand? 

Even though the condition affects every patient differently, all of them need care. Knowing this, you can help them cope in practical ways.  

Encouraging treatment by giving them a ride during doctor’s appointments or helping them with errands could mean a lot. Ask if theres anything you can do for them, for it is high time to show support through your acts of service. 

You are called to reach out during hard times. As said in Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” 

Pray for them. 

An article on the CBN website entitled AIDS: Charting a Christian Response suggests that people can support those who are living with AIDs with persistent prayer and the restorative actions that speak louder than words.  

People who are living with HIV and AIDS seek comfort, and it could be a perfect time to introduce Jesus in their lives. Ask God to strengthen and cover them. If they’re open about it, encourage them to pray on all occasions. As said in Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” 

The statistics on HIV and AIDs are overwhelming, and you probably think that you can’t help them all. Truth is, by showing that you care, you can still make them feel God’s love, one at a time. 

You may feel incapable of helping but know that God’s power will enable you to do so. In the midst of their uncertainties, let them know that your support is certain – just as God’s love is certain. 

Do you want to know more about HIV and AIDS? Watch The 700 Club Asia’s Pagsusuri that airs this week 12:00 midnight on GMA. 

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