- Sunday: 9:20 & 11am
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Overlake is committed to equipping the LOCAL CHURCH to address HIV/AIDS within the given context of its community. Whether that’s equipping our church to address HIV/AIDS in King County or it’s helping a church in Africa or Asia do the same, we are responding to Christ’s call to care for those who suffer. We invite you to join us!
The OCC HIV/AIDS Team exists to compassionately serve those impacted by HIV/AIDS, locally and globally, by providing hope and support as we follow the example of Jesus.
Locally and internationally, we know people – people Jesus created and loves – are being tragically affected by HIV/AIDS.
*Source: Seattle & King County Public Health & UNAIDS report on the Global AIDS epidemic 2010
Get involved TODAY! Join one of our teams and help us do the practical work of reaching out to those impacted by HIV/AIDS.
CareTeams are groups of 4-7 volunteers who create a network of practical and emotional support to a “CarePartner” who is affected by the loneliness, isolation and stigma of HIV/AIDS. CareTeam members build supportive relationships with a CarePartner by listening, sharing coffee or a meal, giving rides to doctor appointments, visiting when sick, celebrating special occasions, and helping with household tasks.
Contact Linda Robertson //
If you are in the medical profession there are a variety of ways that you can uniquely bring your skills and gifts to bear through work with our partners.
Contact Lynne Ellis-Gray//
OCC has partnered with Living Hope, a ministry in Cape Town, South Africa that focuses on addressing HIV/AIDS in slum communities where prevalence rates are among the highest in the world. Assisting in their efforts that include medical care, prevention work with kids, and poverty alleviation, we encounter Christ as we humbly serve alongside our brothers and sisters there.
Serving in various ways, OCC short-term teams also work with other partnerships in AIDS-affected areas like Kenya, Thailand, and Durban, South Africa.
Check out our list of short-term trips HERE. Contact Dawn McCorkle //
What is HIV?
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the virus that causes AIDS. It attacks the human immune system. Over time (and without effective treatment), HIV gradually destroys the body's defenses against disease, leaving it vulnerable to many infections and cancers that would not normally develop in healthy people.
Even without treatment, some people with HIV infection have no symptoms at all, some have mild health problems, while others have severe health problems associated with AIDS. While HIV/AIDS can be physically devastating, its victims also suffer sociologically and relationally because of the stigma associated with the disease.
What is AIDS?
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a late stage of HIV infection. By the time a diagnosis of AIDS is made, HIV will already have seriously damaged the body's immune system. Often, a person with an AIDS diagnosis will already have had a life-threatening infection or cancer.
New treatments are radically slowing the destruction of the immune system caused by HIV and lengthening life expectancy. Some people with HIV infection may never develop AIDS.
How is HIV transmitted?
While HIV cannot be transmitted through casual contact, many of those living with the disease are unfairly stigmatized and face severe prejudice in their communities. This stigmatization often prevents people from being tested and/or seeking treatment both locally and internationally.
HIV is spread in the following ways:
HIV is rarely transmitted in the following ways:
HIV is NOT transmitted by:
Casual contact...HIV is not spread by casual contact. It dies quickly outside the body and is easily killed by soap and by common disinfectants such as bleach. There is no risk of HIV infection from:
Information courtesy Public Health – Seattle & King County