God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

pensées of a Catholic priest

28.08.2010 A brief visit…

.. to the National conference of people living with HIV in Bielefeld. I have the honour to be part of a podium discussion about pictures, used in media about people living with the virus. Interesting two hours.. What kind of pictures are dominant? How do people perceive those pictures? How different are the pictures in South Africa and in Germany? How much of the pictures, real or virtual (e.g. by writing about HIV) from Europe filters through to Africa? The positive gay couple in the “big brother container”, the Nadja court proceedings, the dying African people, the big eyes of suffering kids, the report about bare backing on TV.. so many different ways to portray people living with the virus…
New AIDS and old AIDS, meaning: chronic disease (and all is normal) against death sentence (before HAART treatment) – what is the reality of people living with the virus and how to translate it via media into the public domain?

So many questions – and certainly a diversity of answers – important questions and important answers. An important discussion…

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HIV, AIDS and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and AIDS in Africa is often a challenge. Living in Africa has also its challenges. On the other hand I feel very much blessed having all the three. So you will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa and essential information and developments in the field of HIV and AIDS. And in between personal stories and thoughts. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me - blogs - "thinking loud" so to speak is a ways of communication and exchange of ideas.

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