Candlelight Vigil of Hope
Evening Prayer Service

Advocate for the Poor Overseas
Ten Ideas to Get Started

They Said It Couldn't Be Done
It seemed like impossible odds. How could anyone stem the HIV epidemic in the developing world? They said it couldn’t be done — too many impoverished people, too little infrastructure, lack of consistent medical care in remote areas. Learn how Catholic Relief Services and our partners did the impossible.

The Church’s Special Role in Caring for People Living with HIV
The Catholic Church plays a special role caring for those with HIV, guided by Catholic social teaching. Listen to Msgr. Vitillo, Special Advisor on HIV and AIDS for Caritas.

Using Food to Help HIV Patients With Their Medicine
To make the medicines used to treat HIV work, patients need to eat 300 extra calories a day. Listen to learn more.

Faithful House Helps Couples Across Africa to Be Faithful, Avoid HIV
Across Africa, an innovative program helps couples avoid the risk of HIV. Listen to learn more.

How a Catholic Sister Helps People Living With HIV
Today Sister Yoani is a woman of great courage herself working to care for and support people living with HIV in East Timor. Listen to her story.

Hope and Dignity in the Developing World
CRS's work with HIV and AIDS

Promising Practices
Case studies from CRS HIV programs around the world

The Faithful House
Building Strong Families to Affirm Life and Avoid Risk

Technical Library
HIV publications by CRS experts

HIV Prevention: Where are the Men?
Catholic Church-inspired organizations discuss lack of involvement among men in the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission.

Protect Lifesaving Funding on World AIDS Day
U.S. poverty-focused international assistance makes it possible for Catholic Relief Services and our partners to directly support more than 4.8 million people affected by HIV.

Quick Facts

  • More than 30 years into the pandemic, UNAIDS estimates that 34.2 million people worldwide are living with HIV. This number includes an estimated 3.4 million children under the age of 15 years.
  • The number of people living with HIV increases each year because fewer people are dying, thanks to the increasing availability of lifesaving antiretroviral medication.
  • The number of people receiving medication rose by 20 percent between 2010 and 2011. Meanwhile, the cost of a year's supply of the medication decreased from more than $10,000 per person in 2000 to less than $100 in 2011.
  • Despite this progress, HIV still presents a serious global health crisis. In 2011, more than 7,000 people were infected every day. In the United States, one in five of those people (20 percent) were unaware of their infection.
  • Catholic Relief Services has been on the forefront of the epidemic since launching our first HIV project in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1986. Today, CRS and our partners directly support more than 4.8 million people affected by the epidemic.
  • CRS HIV programming encompasses a wide range of interventions including care and treatment, prevention, community mobilization and support for orphans and other children affected by HIV. CRS also helps infected mothers give birth to healthy babies free of HIV. The agency is a key player in international efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission by 2015.

Stories From the Field