Full Legislative History
Resolution Number: 2009-A159
Title: Urge the Church to Address HIV/AIDS Prevention
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred as Amended
Final Text:

Resolved, That the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church notes with increasing concern the continued rise in numbers of HIV infections and sexually transmitted diseases; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention urges Episcopalians at all levels of the Church to engage in conversations with HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases service providers, local health departments and other public and private resources to urge them to address this issue in direct and substantive ways that include the following prevention activities: accurate and explicit prevention information that is sensitive and specific to issues of culture, ethnicity, sexual identity, sexual orientation and the use of IV drugs and recreational drugs; and be it further

Resolved, That in light of our Baptismal Covenant that calls us to respect the dignity of every human being, the 76th General Convention urges dioceses and congregations to provide full, complete and accurate information about HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease prevention to all, and especially to young people, that they may make informed choices about this aspect of their lives.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Anaheim, 2009 (New York: General Convention, 2009), p. 537.