The Cross River Agency for the Control of HIV and AIDS, on Sunday, called on Christian leaders to preach against discrimination of People living with HIV and AIDS in their sermons.
Dr Irene Aniyom, the Director General of the organisation, made the call his in Calabar during a Thanksgiving Service at the Presbyterian Church (Hope Wadel Parish).
She said that the Church was in a better position to educate members on the need to stop discrimination against people living with the scourge.
“As a Church, we should try to preach against discrimination and stigmatization of people infected with the virus because it can happen to anybody.
“So I beg that in your sermon, you should tell them not to stigmatize against persons living with the virus.
“After-all, the word of God says, you should love your neighbour as yourself,’’ she said.
She also stressed the need for everybody to know his or her HIV status to help in reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the state.
She said that the thanksgiving service was to show appreciation to God for a successful 2012 and to pray for 2013.
She said that Gov. Liyel Imoke was working hard to ensure the reduction of HIV and AIDS prevalence in the state.
She urged well-meaning citizens of the state to join hands with the government in fighting the scourge.
The Church later prayed for the success of the agency in reducing the HIV and AIDS prevalence in the state.