Select HIV/AIDS Resources for the Faith Community
Below are select, free resources that provide additional information about HIV/AIDS, including details about HIV prevention, testing and treatment. Please download the Pastoral Brief and Manual for additional resources including sample sermons, prayers, and pastoral possibilities.
AIDS.gov works to increase HIV testing and care among underserved communities by providing HIV information, policies (e.g. the National HIV/AIDS Strategy), programs, and resources. The website is managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
AIDSinfo, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information for healthcare providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS and the general public.
AIDSVu provides a high-resolution view of the geography of HIV in the United States. It is an online interactive map that allows users to visually explore the HIV epidemic alongside critical resources such as HIV testing center locations and NIH-Funded HIV Prevention & Vaccine Trials Sites.
Black AIDS Institute
Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. The Institute's mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV.
Black Women’s Health Imperative
The Black Women's Health Imperative is the only organization devoted solely to advancing the health and wellness of America's 19.5 million Black women and girls through advocacy, community health and wellness education and leadership development.
The Body is an HIV/AIDS resource website dedicated to using the Web to lower barriers between patients and clinicians; demystifying HIV/AIDS and its treatment; improving the quality of life for all people living with HIV/AIDS; and fostering community through human connection.
The Centers for Disease Control Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
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The CDC's comprehensive resource for HIV/AIDS information.
Greater Than AIDS
The Greater Than AIDS movement responds to the AIDS crisis in the United States, in particular the severe and disproportionate epidemic among Black Americans.
Kaiser Family Foundation
The Kaiser Family Foundation website provides numerous HIV fact sheets for different communities. Fact sheets include: “Black Americans and HIV/AIDS;” “Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States;” “HIV Testing in the United States;” and “Medicaid and HIV/AIDS”. Fact sheets can be printed out as handouts.
National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors
The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors represents the nation's chief state health agency staff who have programmatic responsibility for administering HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis healthcare, prevention, education, and supportive service programs funded by state and federal governments.
National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.
The mission of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS is to educate, organize and empower Black leaders, including clergy, elected officials, medical practitioners, business professionals, social policy experts and the media to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities.
National HIV and STD Testing Resources
The National HIV and STD Testing Resources website (aka HIVtest.org and FindSTDtest.org) is a service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This website provides users with locations for HIV and STD testing and STD vaccines around the United States.
National Minority AIDS Council
The National Minority AIDS Council, a 501(c)3 organization, develops leadership in communities of color to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Southern AIDS Living Quilt
The Southern AIDS Living Quilt is a website that illustrates the growing impact of HIV/AIDS on women in the southern United States, particularly women of color. Videos of women telling their stories are shared on the site, as well.
White House Office of National AIDS Policy
The Office of National AIDS Policy is part of the White House Domestic Policy Council and is tasked with coordinating the continuing efforts of the government to reduce the number of HIV infections across the United States. The Office emphasizes prevention through wide-ranging education initiatives and helps to coordinate the care and treatment of citizens with HIV/AIDS.
Faith and HIV
AIDS Foundation of Chicago: Faith Responds to AIDS
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is committed to changing the story of HIV/AIDS. Inside Story aims to take the reader inside that story, to give him/her an intimate look at how AFC, and other Chicago and national organizations, are fighting HIV/AIDS through medical, housing and support services; cutting-edge research into prevention and treatment methods; and advocacy for stronger HIV-AIDS public policy from legislators.
AIDS Interfaith Network
AIDS Interfaith Network was created in 1986 by a group of clergy and pastoral and lay counselors who were providing spiritual and emotional support services to persons living with HIV/AIDS.
The Balm In Gilead Inc.
The Balm In Gilead develops educational and training programs specifically designed to meet the unique needs of African American and African congregations that strive to become community centers for health education and disease prevention.
CDC Consultation on Faith and HIV Prevention, December 2006
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes the faith community’s influence on knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors about health. Since 1996, CDC has provided resources to faith-based organizations and worked to make them part of HIV prevention efforts. This document includes suggestions from faith leaders on how to address HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
Faith Community Responses to HIV/AIDS
The Centre for Development and Population Activities
This manual provides an overview to religious leaders and church groups about the HIV/AIDS pandemic, as well as issues and challenges faced by people living with HIV/AIDS. The curriculum offers relevant education on public health and reproductive health, helps identify cultural and social factors that contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS, and offers faith-based institutions and organizations options for action.
HIV/AIDS: A Manual for Faith Communities
Department of Health and Human Services and the National Coalition of Pastors’ Spouses
This HIV/AIDS manual for faith leaders was developed to impact HIV infection among African Americans and others in the southern region of the United States.
National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry
The National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry supports Black women in ministry both personally and professionally by cultivating communities of Black women in ministry across the United States and mobilizing them to impact issues affecting the well-being of Black women.
National Week of Prayer For the Healing of AIDS
The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS is a call to prayer for the eradication of HIV/AIDS through prayer, education, advocacy and service.
Religious Institute: Faithful Voices on Sexuality and Religion
The Religious Institute is a multi-faith organization dedicated to education, sexual health and social justice.
United in Battling HIV: A Guide to Understanding How Faith Communities Can Make a Difference
This document provides necessary information, guidance and resources for faith communities to initiate or enhance existing health and HIV/AIDS activities of programs.
White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships forms partnerships between government at all levels and non-profit organizations, both secular and faith-based, to more effectively serve Americans in need.