Following on from the social issues of poverty, addiction and loss of traditional values caused by the need for Shan people to travel to find work, there is another sinister spectre stalking their land — AIDS. Through the use of contaminated needles for drugs and unprotected sex, Shan communities are being attacked by this tragic disease, often with no hope of medical intervention because the cost is too high or medicine is simply not available. In some areas the likely lifespan after HIV infection is only 3-4 years.
The Shan to be faithful to their spouses and make wise decisions as they travel and work far away from home (Hebrews 13:4).
Available and affordable medicine and for Christian doctors to share about Jesus as they treat their patients (Luke 5:31).
Believers to show love to those who are HIV positive (Matthew 25:42–46).