The Samoa Aids Foundation is welcoming the stance being taken by Catholic bishops at their conference in Apia over the issue of HIV/Aids.
The key message being discussed by the region's bishops is that they want to take a compassionate approach.
The Foundation's executive director, Ken Moala, believes this is significant because of the central role the churches and religion play in society in the region.
He says the bishops will break down barriers with their attitudes.
"Usually it's through cultural restraints and attitudes that causes stigma and the discrimination of people living with the virus. And, this helps to break down barriers. I really condone and endorse what the Catholic church is doing in this respect."