It is interesting that HIV/AIDS have impact on the religion also. Home and Community based HIV/AIDS Care and Support Programme is observed that the PLHA are converting their religion in Andhra Pradesh after acquiring the HIV/AIDS. They suffer with depression and psychological problems in beginning days and pray in their homes for some days. Later few are converting from Hinduism to Christianity. But it is observed that there is no conversion from Christianity to Hinduism.
With my personal interest I interacted with 15 families who convert from the Hindu to Christians. They shared that Christianity has the flexibility to share the joys and sorrows with the god and the pastors who perches in the regular prayer meetings. Church pastors use the participatory methodology to involve the PLHA to talk with the Jesus. The church pastors do the regular home visit and take care about the PLHA and their children. They provide spiritual counseling regularly and supporting them with nutrition and education support services. When PLHA went for prayer at Sunday they meet all the people at one place and having mutual sharing with them about their lives. These are encouraging the HIV affected families to convert to Christian religion. The children are also following the same religion which they followed by their parents.
This is small information which is going on in grassroots of Andhra Pradesh.
Vasavya Mahila Mandali