Religion in Public

Adriaan van Klinken is Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Leeds, and the author of Kenyan, Christian, Queer: Religion, LGBT Activism, and Arts of Resistance in Africa (Penn State University Press, 2019).

We are heading towards the 32rd commemoration of World Aids Day, on 1 December 2019. The world will celebrate the remarkable successes that have been made in the worldwide response to the epidemic in recent decades. Fewer people are getting infected with HIV, and more people who are infected have access to anti-retroviral treatment (ARVs). Fewer people are dying of AIDS-related causes, and more people are living positively with HIV. Significant progress has been made in addressing the stigma around HIV and breaking the taboo about the disease.

Yet with HIV being a sexually transmittable disease, stigma and misconception continue to be real, hindering effective campaigns for prevention and treatment. In…

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