It's a plus. The broader reality is more disturbing:
In a report on the study, Sian Cotton, PhD, assistant professor of family medicine, said the team found that patients with HIV/AIDS, particularly black patients, claimed to have become more spiritual after diagnosis. However, more white patients felt alienated from their religious communities than did blacks.
"Twenty-four percent of all patients felt alienated in their religious communities, 60 percent did not feel welcome, and 10 percent changed their place of worship because of their HIV status," says Szaflarski.
Something is terribly, terribly wrong with churches that stigmatize the sick.