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Gayle: Love those with HIV/AIDS

Jacob Gayle, deputy vice president of the Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative on HIV/AIDS, said too many churches still respond to AIDS the way Pharisees did to Jesus when he helped the outcasts. 

Christo Greyling, a doctor who contracted HIV through medical exposure, said church members told him, “We will support you, but those other people, they brought it on themselves.”

Greyling said faith leaders bring on devastation by proclaiming HIV/AIDS as God’s punishment.


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