Gospel mu­si­cians fight HIV among Chris­tians

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Hazel Marim­biza

LO­CAL gospel mu­si­cians are keen on fight­ing the spread of HIV and Aids among Chris­tians by hold­ing a gospel mu­sic gala at the Sizinda Youth Cen­tre.

Gospel mu­si­cians and groups which in­clude Mag­imus Moyo, Abigail Mwembe, Min­is­ter Don Mass, Mrs Hozheri Khaya Arts and Vic­tory Siyan­qoba will seek to close the tap on HIV in­fec­tions through gospel mu­sic.

The gospel gala which will be held on 17 Novem­ber is an aware­ness cam­paign meant to en­cour­age Chris­tians to go for HIV test­ing and to em­brace pre­ven­tion meth­ods.

“We are tar­get­ing the church com­mu­nity. They usu­ally don’t speak much about HIV and pre­ven­tion mea­sures. Most of them don’t even want to hear about the use of con­doms. In a church setup if a be­liever speaks about the im­por­tance of us­ing con­doms they are usu­ally la­belled as un­clean.

“There is also the is­sue of fake prophets who pray for peo­ple who are HIV pos­i­tive and then tell them they are healed, hence they are not al­lowed to take their an­tiretro­vi­ral drugs. We con­demn that.

“Even if they pray for peo­ple we en­cour­age be­liev­ers to go to the hos­pi­tal and get checked. Chris­tians should know that their health is not their pas­tor’s re­spon­si­bil­ity, but it’s their re­spon­si­bil­ity,” said Mag­imus Moyo Sakala the events co-or­di­na­tor.

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