AIDS Awareness Month

In recognition of October as AIDS Awareness Month, The Salvation Army would like to acknowledge the estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States today. All four Territories of The Salvation Army USA have made it a goal to work on HIV/AIDS issues – particularly in the area of HIV testing and linking people with HIV to care and treatment.

The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia hosts a website containing resources and information on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. The Eastern Pennsylvania-Delaware Division helped to lead the charge for this effort, beginning its work in 2003.

The Salvation Army was founded more than a century ago to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to those who need it most. At The Salvation Army, our Mission to serve leads us to be an example of faith in action, helping the neediest to build character, promote emotional and physical health and provide practical support.

This Mission includes our commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS worldwide. In fact, The Salvation Army works globally to promote healthy behaviors, manage chronic conditions and help individuals and families cope with HIV/AIDS infection. From longstanding programs such as those in Alegria with two locations in Los Angeles founded in 2001, The Salvation Army provides services ranging from HIV testing to education, management and more to help people find the resources they need to live hopeful lives.

In fact, among 25,000 attendees at this past summer’s 19th annual International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, were representatives of The Salvation Army’s World Service Office (SAWSO). This event served as just one more way for The Salvation Army to hear the latest scientific developments on the disease and learn more about the global response to HIV.

As a part of the community of Christ, we welcome you to look through the material on the Army’s Greater Philadelphia website, familiarize yourself with HIV/AIDS and get tested. If you are HIV-positive, it could save your life.

The Salvation Army welcomes you.

Photo courtesy of http://acelebrationofwomen.org