The Rev’d Gideon B Byamugisha was the first religious leader in Africa to announce publicly that he is HIV positive, in a statement in 1992.
On Wednesday 18th May 2011 he gave the Bray Lecture at Westcott House, talking about the crucial role Churches have to play in Africa, reducing the stigma that attaches to HIV and AIDS, moving beyond ABC (Abstinence, Be Faithful, Condomize) to a new paradigm.
He argues that Churches need to enable knowledge of safe practices, access to treatment, easy testing, and empowerment programmes for those who often have little say about participation in sexual intercourse.
A life affirming and engaging speaker, Gideon finishes this talk with a discussion of his own journey through HIV to marriage and fatherhood.
In his talk Gideon refers to his paper Is ‘Missio Dei’ The Missing Paradigm To End HIV & AIDS Related Stigma?
Thanks to Westcott House, USPG, SPCK and the Herny Martyn Centre for the video and text for this post.