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This booklet brings together the experiences of 14 African religious leaders - 12 Christians and two Muslims - who are either living with HIV or are personally affected by HIV and AIDS. The contents of this booklet are a source of inspirational experiences which individual readers can use for personal information, or to refer to in presentations, articles, sermons, interviews or workshops.
The purpose of these guidelines is: to share the findings of the Siyam'kela study in a user-friendly way; to increase responsiveness amongst faith leaders and opinion leaders regarding the importance of creating accepting environments to reduce HIV/AIDS stigma; to provide recommendations on how to develop an HIV/AIDS-supportive environment.
These guidelines were developed to provide faith leaders, HIVAIDS committees,people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) in the faith community and opinion leaders within the faith-based sector with practical and user-friendly recommendations on how to create an environment free of HIV/AIDS stigma. Additional guidelines for PLHAs and media, and the national government workplace sector, are also available. The guidelines are not exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with other guideline Siyam'kela documents produced on HIV/AIDS and stigma.