Footsteps 98 - HIV

Warm greetings to all our readers around the world. My name is Zoe, and I’ve temporarily joined the Footsteps editorial team while Helen Gaw is on maternity leave (and I’m delighted to let you know that Helen gave birth to a healthy baby girl in April).

This edition focuses on HIV, celebrating the progress made so far and highlighting innovative ideas for meeting future challenges. At Footsteps we have covered HIV in several previous editions, starting with Footsteps 6 in 1991. So much has changed since then. Advances in the quality and availability of treatment mean that HIV has gone from being a ‘death sentence’ to a manageable condition (pages 1–3). HIV prevention has expanded to include more than just sexual behaviour (page 19). There have been massive steps forward in preventing mother-to-child transmission (pages 8–9). Great work has been done on tackling stigma and discrimination, and brave individuals within the church have played an important role in this (pages 16–17). Much has been achieved, but there is much still to do if we are to achieve the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

It has been exciting to see the new innovations in responding to HIV and AIDS, such as the Alongsiders movement in Cambodia (page 5) and the Freedom Programme’s work in Egypt (page 18). In this edition we are experimenting with an innovation of our own – expanding Footsteps to include eight extra pages. We would love to hear your views on whether this is helpful. Please email us at  publications@tearfund.org with your thoughts. We love to hear from you!

As you read this edition, I hope you will feel as encouraged as I do by the progress made so far, and that it will inspire us all to be part of God’s solution to HIV in the years ahead.

Zoe Burden, Editor

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 98 in html.

To download a pdf version of Footsteps issue 98, please click here (PDF 1.2 MB).


  • Activity: HIV counselling and testing

    This activity explains what VCT (voluntary counselling and HIV testing) is. It helps people to think about the issues involved in going for VCT themselves, and encourages them to do so.

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  • Awakening the church in Honduras

    Church and community leader Xiomara Guzman attended training about HIV prevention and how to tackle stigma. ‘People’s mentality is changing, and self-esteem is being restored,’ she says.

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  • Breastfeeding and HIV

    Breast milk is the perfect food for babies. Unfortunately, there is a risk that HIV can be passed from mother to child during breastfeeding. However, with the right actions, that risk can be lowered to less than five per cent.

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  • Designing a programme? Think HIV!

    The response to HIV is changing. We are moving from programmes specifically tackling HIV to responses that include HIV but also address other issues. Some people refer to this as ‘HIV mainstreaming’.

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  • Fighting stigma together

    Reverend Canon Professor Gideon B. Byamugisha was the first African religious leader openly to declare his HIV-positive status. We asked him to share some of his experience and knowledge with Footsteps readers.

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  • From ABC to SAVE

    When organisations began trying to prevent the spread of HIV, they often encouraged people to follow an approach called ABC (abstain from sexual activity, be faithful, use a condom). However, over time people began to realise that there were some problems with this approach…

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  • HIV: myths and realities

    Inaccurate information can increase people’s risk of transmitting or becoming infected with HIV. Here are some common myths about HIV, followed by explanations of why the reality is different.

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  • Making an impact: Tearfund’s work on HIV

    In 2006 Tearfund launched a ten-year plan to stop the spread of HIV and reverse the impact of AIDS in all of the communities where its partners were working. The results show that real progress can be made through mobilising churches and communities.

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  • Resources

    A selection of books, websites and training material on the subject of HIV.

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  • Speaking out about HIV

    We have come a long way in HIV advocacy since the very first cases of AIDS. Campaigning at community, national and international level has transformed HIV treatment, prevention, care and support.

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  • The beginning of the end of AIDS?

    The last decade has seen amazing progress in the response to HIV and AIDS. The rate of HIV infections and deaths is slowing down, and world leaders are now trying to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. What has caused this transformation?

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