27 Nov '11, 8am

Religion to boost AIDS support - Channel News Asia

Religion to boost AIDS support - Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: Some religious and non-government organisations have come together to form the Singapore Interfaith Network on AIDS. The aim is to get religious organisations from the various faiths to intensify their support of persons living with AIDS. One of the few religious leaders in Singapore vocal about raising awareness on the HIV/AIDS issue is 82-year-old Reverend Yap Kim Hao. Dr Yap said he feels they must be more involved in reaching out to those at risk. Religious leaders Channel NewsAsia spoke with said AIDS is still very much a taboo subject, with places of worship being the last place those afflicted with the disease will turn to. "They have access to their own members in the institutional, religious community, so it's their responsibility also to teach their own members, as to a real understanding instead of dealing with stereotypes," Dr Yap said. "They have to...

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