The Universal Faith, Corona and HIV

  • People living with HIV taking (ART) medicines currently have no increased risk from Corona.
  • People with HIV not on treatment are at increased risk from Corona.
  • Coronavirus is a good reason for HIV people to start ART.

The Universal Faith fulfills the commandment Love your Neighbor without distinction of their race, creed or color. The rich are loved equally with the poor. The mentally ill are loved with the healthy emotional minded. The Universal Faith receives in love the gay community.

The whole world has gone into quarantine when the Wuhan China coronavirus was carried by people to other nations in the world. Corona is very contagious and easily is transferred from one person to other. One Corona infected person in a group gathering can infect the whole group. The experts on viral diseases are learning more every day about Corona virus called Covid-19 because it is new appearing in 2019.  People who contact Corona the first few days may not feel any symptoms and are carriers of the virus. Symptoms come after the first few days usually fever. Quarantine is encouraged before the symptoms occur through being in contact without two meters and a mask and glove with infected people.  Infected people are tracked to know where they were to identify other people in contact with them to enter quarantine.

Interfaith prayer in Jerusalem to stop Corona Pandemic.

Corona will not kill everyone. Most people get the symptoms cough, fever without complications. They can heal naturally. The elderly from the age of 60 and up are more likely to have complications. Testing for Corona may not always be necessary if the symptoms appear but quarantine is necessary. After two weeks of recovery without hospitalization tests can be made for anti-bodies.

People living with HIV and on effective antiretroviral treatment (ART) are currently not at an increased risk of getting coronavirus or developing severe symptoms. A large percentage of the HIV population are not on anti-viral treatment. People living with HIV not on treatment or virally suppressed may be at a greater risk from Corona. Try to keep at least a 30 day supply of ART in your home, if possible ask for three months. People living with HIV have a compromised immune system. Their immune system may not be prepared to deal with the virus. It is also well known that people living with HIV are more vulnerable to respiratory infections when their HIV is not well managed.  It is very important for HIV infected people to take their anti-retroviral treatment as prescribed by a doctor especially during this time.  Consult immediately with your health provider if you are not currently taking treatment or if you are struggling with adherence.

Madonna the Messiah of song in the Universal Faith called corona “the great equalizer” in her website.

Taking HIV drugs exactly as prescribed is important for them to work properly.  If side effects occur don’t stop taking the medication. Instead consult with your health provider. They may suggest ways to ease these side effects.

The connection to God through the Universal faith in prayer can only strengthen people with HIV and all people with Corona. The Universal faith does not discriminate according to race, creed or color and accepts the gay community. God is the judge and not man, as it says in the ethics of the fathers, “Do not judge a person unless you are in his place.”  The mercy of God is on all his creations.

Corona virus is called by Madonna the American entertainer and Guru the “great equalizer.”  It has killed 298,000 people.  It has also closed the borders of almost all the nations of the world to air traffic. The world is in an economic crisis. At the same time it has done good to organize the representatives of the religions of the world to pray together interfaith prayer to stop the Corona Pandemic. It is also pressuring people with HIV to go for treatment.  ART can not only help HIV people to cope with their ailment, but it also helps them from spreading HIV to others. Corona is doing a service to HIV infected people and to the world around them. According to WPO only 65% of HIV people are using ART.  Those that are not using ART are more vulnerable to Corona. Those that use ART have the same vulnerability as other people.

HIV people cannot be forced to take the treatment ART which would be good for them and good for the world because it helps to stop the spread of HIV.  They have many reasons discussed in a study in Australia.

Corona the great equalizer may be the reason for HIV people to start treatment.

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David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

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