Mississippi Faith in Action

Mississippi Faith in Action is a coalition of African American churches and clergy working collaboratively on health promotion activities. Mississippi Faith in Action began in a city-wide effort to promote HIV testing, treatment & prevention, and fighting the stigma associated with HIV. In recent years, the coalition has also worked to promote healthy eating, active living, and COVID-19 testing & vaccination.  

HIV Testing and Prevention

Where you live can influence your HIV risk. If there are more HIV infections in your community, you may have a greater chance of coming into contact with HIV.

The CDC recommends that all sexually active persons be tested for HIV at least once per year. Sexually active men who have sex with men should get tested more often, about once every three months.

There are many tools for HIV prevention, including using condoms, taking daily medicine to prevent HIV transmission, and reducing your number of sexual partners.

Click here to learn more about HIV prevention, testing and treatment.

“THE MESSAGE OF LOVE and compassion starts in the pulpit. Whether you’re straight, gay, or trans, the message is the same word Jesus would be giving… Jesus was so effective because he took 12 followers and walked with them. Let’s walk this thing together.”
Pastor Tony Yarber
Founder and Pastor, Relevant Empowerment Church
“I WANT TO BE ON THE HELPING side, not the condemning side. I don’t think condemning would be what Jesus would do, so I think I’m in good company…. 
If Jesus had worried about what the crowd might say, He would have done nothing.”

Bishop Ronnie Crudup
Senior Pastor, New Horizon Church International
“HIV has been used to say we’re different, to pull us apart. But the central thread of Scripture says we are connected. Regardless of race or disease, you cannot look at people and not see that they are your neighbors.”
Pastor Reginald Buckley
Executive Pastor, Cade Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
“THE CHURCH IS TO BE an agent of healing. We’re about helping the least, the lost, and the last. Sharing this message is a way to meet human hurt and human need. Testing and treatment for HIV brings freedom from fear. Freedom from the unknown. Freedom from death.”
Senior Pastor, Anderson United Methodist Church
“THE SCIENTIFIC PART of treating HIV is the easy part. The social issues are the hardest part. Poverty, stigma, racism, and lack of access to healthcare all contribute [to the HIV infection rate] in Mississippi… We need to look at the whole person, not just at HIV, and make sure they have everything they need to be successful. They are a part of our Mississippi family and we’ve got to take care of them.”
Thomas Dobbs, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Crossroads Clinic
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