Visitors hold candles during a World AIDS Day gathering at the Las Memorias AIDS Monument in Los Angeles on Dec. 1. (CNS PHOTO/EUGENE GARCIA, EPA)

In a recent letter, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, asked the Office of Management and Budget to maintain full funding for programs to prevent to prevent HIV and AIDS. 

Also signed by Sean Callahan, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the letter was issued Dec. 1, observed as World AIDS Day. 

“When we are finally witnessing great success in turning back a disease that shocked the world only a generation ago, any cuts in funding would directly result in a reduction in the number of people living with HIV who are added to treatment each year, and could trigger a resurgence in the global epidemic,” stated the letter.