HIV Aids

Below is a compendium of academic resources on (HIV) Human Immunodeficiency Virus and (AIDS) Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Many of the materials cited on this page come from external sources. All rights are reserved to the appropriate organization/individual(s) who have published these documents.

CRS HIV and AIDS programs are guided by policy from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Called to Compassion, 1989). The resources cited here come from various sources and may not be consistent with USCCB policy. Inclusion of these documents in this webpage does not imply CRS endorsement.

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CRS in the Field

Bridges of Hope Socioeconomic Reintegration Project: Report of a Follow-Up Survey with Clients Living with HIV and AIDS, Natalie Kruse-Levy, Shannon Senefeld, Aum Sitha and Arturo Ang 2007

Maryknoll started the Bridges of Hope project in 2004 with the purpose of assisting people living with HIV who had been marginalized due to illness to socially and economically reintegrate into society after regaining their health on anti-retroviral therapy. Bridges provides group and family counseling, basic training for managing a small business, apprenticeships, job placements, vocational training, small grants, health education, reconciliation with estranged families and other services required for clients to transition from being dependent upon project assistance to supporting themselves.The Bridges project conducted a follow-up survey in October-November 2006 to understand how bridged clients were medically, economically and socially faring after returning to unassisted living.

Promising Practices II: CRS 2007

CRS programs from around the world are highlighted in this document. This compilation is intended to share lessons learned and promising practices within integrated HIV and AIDS projects among CRS country programs and partners.

Nutrition and Food Security for People Living with HIV and AIDS: Caroline Bishop, Shannon Senefeld, Kate Greenaway, Kristin Weinhauer and Natalie Kruse-Levy 2006

This paper applies the Integral Human Development (IHD) framework to nutrition and food security for people living with HIV and AIDS. In addition, several programming options and best practices with nutrition and food security for this target group are highlighted.

CRS HIV Program Page

The website provides information and resources about CRS programs surrounding HIV&AIDS.


Caritas Internationalis

Caritas Internationalis is an international confederation of Catholic organization, mandated by their respective Episcopal conferences. All Member Organization seek to contribute to the socio-pastoral mission of the Church through the spreading of solidarity and social justice. This is done without regard to creed, race, gender or ethnicity.

The Kaiser Family Foundation HIV/AIDS

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., with a growing role in global health. Kaiser serves as a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public.


Providing up to date global statistics and information, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), is a joint venture of the United Nations family, bringing together the efforts and resources of ten UN system organizations in the AIDS response. View their 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic.


USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. USAID is a partner in the U.S. Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the largest and most comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment program in the world.

Popular Media

McDermott, S.J, Jim. The Kingdom of God in the Time of AIDS: An Interview with Michael Czerny. America, 15 Oct. 2007.

This interview with Michael Czerny, director of the African Jesuit AIDS Network, offers a reflection from a person in the field on the challenges to the West, the kingdom of God, and various cultural approaches to the issue.

Lozano Barragán, Javier. The Church Fights AIDS with Truth and True Love. Osservatore Romano, 7 Dec. 2005, sec. 8.

His Eminence Javier Cardinal Lozano Barragán, President of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, presents a pastoral message including guidelines for action to commemorate World AIDS Day 2005.

Overburg, Kenneth R. AIDS and the Consistent Ethic of Life. Catholic Update, Dec. 2004, 1-4.

This issue of Catholic Update focuses on the participation in the healing mission of Jesus as the Church confronts HIV&AIDS.

Peter Piot MD, Michel Kazatchkine MD, Mark Dybul MD, Julian Lob-Levyt MB. AIDS: Lessons Learnt and Myths Dispelled The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 20 March 2009.

This article examines what they believe the  international community-got right, what it got wrong, and why several emerging myths about the epidemic and the global response to it need to urgently be dispelled.


Cimperman, Maria. When Gods People Have HIV/AIDS: An Approach to Ethics. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2005.

Maria Cimperman argues for constructing a fundamental ethic and theological anthropology in the age of HIV&AIDS focused on virtue ethics. Ciperman invokes two cases studies which provide an illustration for the positions.


HIV Video SeriesFaith, Hope and Treatment: Global HIV and AIDS and the Catholic Church

What makes the Catholic church uniquely suited to respond to what many consider the public health challenge of our time? University educators are encouraged to use this CRS online video series as a discussion starter for their classroom.


After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and young daughter to tend to, Yesterdays one goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school.  Set in South Africa, and shot in the Zulu language.

Beat the Drum

A young orphaned boy sets out for the big city to find his uncle after a mysterious illness strikes his village.

The Age of AIDS

PBS Frontline documents 25 years of the HIV pandemic, with sections easily viewed online.  This Age of AIDS Discussion Guide review Part 2 of the resource.

Catholic Social Teaching and Thought

The Many Faces of AIDS: A Gospel Response A Statement of the Administrative Board, United States Catholic Conference, November 1987

The initial statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops position on AIDS and recommendations for questions of pastoral care.

Called to Compassion and Responsibility: A Response to the HIV/AIDS Crisis Pastoral Letter of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, November 1989

The pastoral letter addresses the issues in The Many Faces of AIDS: A Gospel Response and the continued challenges in response.

The Fullness of Life: Pastoral Letter by Theodore Cardinal McCarrick,Archbishop of Washington, 2003

The pastoral letter calls the Church to live in solidarity with those effected by HIV&AIDS and supports Church teaching in issues of prevention and pastoral care.

Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me. (Matthew 25:40) Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops of Florida on HIV/AIDS, Dec. 1, 2005

The pastoral letter of the Catholic Bishops of Florida addresses initiatives and issues facing the Catholic community in the United States, but especially in Florida, in the face of HIV&AIDS.

Gregory, Wilton D. A World Living with AIDS. Origins 36, no. 27 (2006): 434.

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory calls the Church to reflect and explore its response to the pandemic.