A faith based HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and direct care program

Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Gospel Against AIDS

GAA started nearly two decades ago with a goal of equipping houses ofworship to provide care for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Today, we have religious leaders who are HIV/AIDS trainers and presenters, churches that are HIV testing sites, and churches that are condom distribution centers.

There are chapters of GAA in correctional facilities. There have been seeds planted for GAA in Africa, Europe and Central America. We have trained Imans and Rabbis, Quakers and Seventh Day Adventists, Atheist and C.O.G.I.C, Episcopalians and Lutherans.

We have provided services from storefronts to mega churches, hospitalsto soup kitchens, homeless shelters, to intake facilities, beauty salons to basements, remote villages, rural enclaves to Presidential residences -- all in an effort to save lives.

People have said, and still say, that the doors to the churches are closed. But I can say, from my experiences that the church is not a building, but the people that attend it, the doors to the church are opening because the hearts of the people are opening. Glory to God.

Rosalind Andrews Worthy

Global Research Education And Training Networks: GREATNES

Since its inception, GAA/GREATNES targets African American and Hispanic religious leaders and their congregations to empower, equip and establish them to be highly functioning service providers in the continuum of care for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Under our “F.A.I.T.H” Iniative (Focused Action Inter-denominationally Towards HIV testing) , we provide Anti-Stigma HIV/AIDS Capacity Development Training Sessions for Religious Leaders and their congregations, HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral Services (CTR), and Developmental Training for houses of worship to establish HIV testing and condom distribution sites in their house of worship. With a board of 25 theologians, persons living with AIDS, infectious disease specialists, trainers, HIV testers, counselors and presenters in three continents, GAA/GREATNES provides services to houses of worship in high HIV prevalent communities to individuals of all races, theological beliefs, and ethnicities. Our outreach extends citywide, statewide, nationally and internationally.