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Message from Primate of Brazil on the World AIDS DAY

Brothers and sisters


Today we commemorate World AIDS Day with campaigns around the globe, promoting awareness on this serious epidemic that effects millions of people on all continents.
In Brazil, 12,000 people die every year from AIDS. It is a serious public health issue which sadly has increased in the last years. These indicators need to be addressed through more effective public health policies. 
It is a challenge that needs to be addressed with more audacity and increased investment in the public health sector, so more of the low-income population can access its services. Another concern is the trivialization the churches have brought to the issue. In the 1980's and 1990's the ecumenical movement was critical to dismantle the stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS.  This same movement was essential for the implementation of prevention programs and educational awareness campaigns. 
While government agencies were implementing prevention initiatives, the more conserva…