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Caritas and HIV/AIDS

Caritas and HIV/AIDS
More than 30 million men, women and children have lost their lives to HIV and AIDS by now – most in the poorest corners of our world. Since 1987, Caritas Internationalis has taken a lead role in promoting just and compassionate care to people living with, or affected by the virus. More than a quarter of a century on, there is now some good news – deaths have fallen by 30% and more people than ever before have access to medicines.

But worrying new trends are emerging. The World Health Organization has found that AIDS-related deaths rose by 50% amongst 10 to 19-year olds between 2005 and 2012. More are girls than boys due to their lower social status in some countries. The young people who have died usually did not receive antiretroviral treatment when they were young but managed to survive into adolescence. Others have fallen victim to governments’ failures to focus on preventing teenagers from contracting HIV and to provide teen-friendly testing and counseling. The battle against HIV/AIDS is far from over.

“The love, care and the treatment I got from them has kept me going; in fact I owe my life to the religious workers who gave me rebirth. I was scared of death but now I am not.” (HIV infected man in India.)

Caritas Updates on HIV & AIDS

  • New tech solutions for HIV

New tech solutions for HIV

  • 28 July 2014
New technologies offer hope to sick people living in poverty. At an AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia, four scientists associated with Catholic institutions discussed ways to measure HIV infections and treat them.
  • To end AIDS by 2030

To end AIDS by 2030

  • 28 July 2014
UNAIDS is moving from a strategy of ‘zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, zero discrimination’ to one where 9 out of ten people who are living with HIV know their status, receive therapy and that the virus is surpressed in their bodies.