aids-hiv.jpgPastors have been encouraged to encompass HIV and AIDS issues in the church to deal with the stigma attached to the disease, and achieve the ‘zero new infections goal’ in line with this year’s world HIV and AIDS commemorations theme.

Speaking on ZBC SFM’s Interventions Today, Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Project Director, Walter Chikanya, said it is high time pastors take a proactive stance towards fighting the scourge.

He said talking about HIV and AIDS issues should not be considered a taboo, but an effective way to impact on living positively with the disease, considering that 80% of Zimbabweans are church-goers, among them, the affected and infected.

Mr Chikanya also said church-goers should embrace those affected and not discriminate against them.

The programme was held ahead of the World HIV and AIDS commemorations to be held on the 1st of next month.