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Classification System for HIV and AIDS Resource Material Developed by CARIS

This classification system has been developed for use in CARIS partner resource centres, and reflects the CARIS numbers used in the resource database.

This tool is still in development. Comments are welcome – contact

100.     General Works
110      Encyclopaedia and General Collections
120      Dictionary
130      Glossary
140      Bibliography
150      General Magazines and Journals
160      General Manuals and Guidelines
170      Conferences and Symposia –
180      Directories
200.     Cause and Origins of HIV and AIDS
210      Origins of HIV - General
220      History of disease
221 Genetic Development of HIV
222 Country perspectives on the History of disease
230      HIV Subtypes
231 HIV 1
232 HIV 2
250      Myths/Alternative Theories
260      Epidemiology and Statistics
261 Epidemiology General
262 Epidemiological Reporting
263 Epidemiological Forecasting
270      Virus Morphology and Lifecycle
290      Cause and Origin – Religious Aspects
300.     Transmission of HIV
310      Transmission General
320      Sexual Transmission
321 Heterosexual
321/100 Vulnerability of Women
322 Homosexual
323 Sexual Transmittable Infections
330      Blood and Blood Products
331 Drug injection use
332 Tattoo and Piercing
333 Needle stick and other occupational Injuries
334 Blood Products
334/100 Safety of Blood Products
340      Mother to Child Transfer
341 Pregnancy
342 Birth
343 Breastfeeding
390      Transmission of HIV – Religious Aspects
400.     Sociocultural Factors playing a Role with HIV and AIDS
410      Social Factors General
420      Stigma and Discrimination
430      Poverty
431 Migration and Mobile Communities
440      Sexuality
441 Homosexuality
442 Bisexuality
443 Heterosexuality
443/100 Polygamy and Multiple Concurrent Partners
443/200 Widow Inheritance
450      Gender and Age
451 Gender Violence
452 Violence against children
452/100 Sexual Abuse of Children    
460      Recreational drug use and Addiction
470      Alcohol abuse and Addiction
480      Race and Culture
490      Socio-cultural Factors and Religion
500.     Prevention (Primary Treatment)
510      Prevention and Control General
511 Ethics in prevention programmmes
520      Programmes and Issues
521 Risk and Harm Reduction programmes
521/100 Life Skills
521/110 Sexuality and Safer sex
521/111 Abstinence
521/112 Condoms
521/113 Mutual Faithfulness
521/120 Decision-making
521/130 Assertiveness
522 Programmes for Potentially Vulnerable Groups
522/100 Youth and Children
522/110 Orphans and Vulnerable Children
522/130 Street Youth/ Out of School Youth
522/140 Schools
522/150 Higher Education
522/200 Injecting Drug Users
522/300 Men Who Have Sex with Men, LGBTI People
522/400 Sex Workers/Sex Industry
522/500 Gender focus
522/510 Women
522/520 Men
522/600 Families
522/700 Aged
522/800 Mobile communities
522/810 Long Distance Transport Industry and Taxis
522/820 Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons
522/900 Health Workers
522/1000 Disabled Persons
522/1100 Prisoners
523 Workplace Programmes
523/100 Armed and Security Forces
524 Media Programmes- including Print media, Literature, Music and Drama
525 Infection Control Programmes/ Prevention in Medical settings
530 Voluntary Counselling and Testing
540 Preventing Parent-to-Child Transmission
550 Circumcision
560 Sport programmes
570 Treatment as Prevention
590 Religious Aspects of Prevention
600.     Clinical Management and Treatment (Secondary Care)
610      Management General
620      Diagnosis and HIV Testing
621 Diagnosis general
622 Ethics of Testing
623 Tests and Blood counts
623/100 Elisa
623/200 Rapid Test
623/300 CD4 Counts
623/400Viral Load
630      Disease progression
631 Disease Progression General
632 Stages in HIV progression          
633 Re-infection
634 Cofactors in HIV Progression
634/100 Infectious agents as cofactors
634/110 STIs
635 Long term non-progression
640      Clinical Manifestations
641 Weight Loss/ Wasting
642 Immune suppression
643 Diarrhoea
644 Dementia
645 Neuropathy
646 Psychological aspects
650      Opportunistic Infections and Conditions
651 TB
652 Neoplasm
652/100 Kaposi’s Sarcoma
653 Viral infections
653/100 Human Papilloma virus
653/200 Cytomegalovirus
654 Respiratory Disorders
654/100 Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia
654/200 Bronchitis
655 Bacterial Infections
656 Fungal Infections
656/100 Candidiasis
657 Other Skin Conditions
658 Ophthalmologic conditions
660      Allopathic Treatment (Western Medicine)
661 Guidelines and general considerations for treatment
661/100 Paediatric AIDS
661/200 ART and Displaced Persons/Migrants
662 Antiretroviral Therapy
662/100 Medication classes
662/110 Protease Inhibitors
662/120 Non-Nucleoside RTIs
662/130 Nucleoside RTIs
662/131 AZT/Retrovir
662/140 Entry Inhibitors
662/200 Side effects
662/210 Nausea
662/220 Wasting
662/230 Lipo-distrophy
662/240 Immune Reconstitution Syndrome
662/270 Managing side effects
662/271 Diet
662/272 Cannabis
662/300 Drug Interactions
662/400 Drug Resistance
663 Other Medication Classes
663/100 Anti-neoplastic Agents
663/200 Immune stimulators
663/300 Vaccines
663/400 Microbicides
664 Post exposure prophylaxis
665 Access to Treatment
666 Adherence to Treatment/Treatment Literacy
667 Treatment of HIV with co-existing conditions
667/100 Arthritis
667/200 Haematological Conditions
667/300 Cardiac Conditions
667/400 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
667/500 Diabetes
667/600 Psychiatric Conditions
667/700 Viral Infections
667/710 Hepatitis C
667/800 Malaria
667/900 Pregnancy
668 Ethics in Treatment
668/100 Clinical Trials
668/200 Informed consent
670      Alternative Therapies / Traditional Remedies
671 Nutrition and nutrition Therapies
672 Massage and Touch Therapies
673 Ayurverdic Medicine
674 Traditional African Medicine
675 Chinese Medicine
676 Herbal Therapies (General)
680      Care of the Person living with HIV or AIDS
681 Home-Based Care / Community-Based Care
682 Hospital Care
683 Caring for Carers
            683/100 Burnout of Carers
684 Care of Orphans and Vulnerable Children
685 Psychological Care
685/100 Counselling
685/110 Bereavement
685/120 Depression
            685/200 Memory Work
686 Secondary Prevention
687 Palliative Care. Care of the Dying
690      Religious Aspect of Clinical Care
            691 Pastoral Counselling
700.     People Living with HIV
710      General and Positive Living
            711 Resources for Children
720      Biographies and Autobiographies
730      Physical Care
731 Nutrition
732 Exercise
733 Treatment Literacy
740      Psychological Aspects
741 Depression
742 Suicide and Assisted suicide
743 Burnout of People Living with HIV and AIDS
744 Mind/ body connection
745 Testing and Disclosure
750      Relationships
760      Reproductive issues
770      Organisations and Programmes for persons living with HIV
771 Organisations and Programmes for youth and teenagers living with HIV
780      Support Groups
790      Religious aspects of People living with HIV
800.     Programmes and Organisations
810      Programme Planning / Programme Management
            811 Programme Planning General Governance
                        811/100 Organisation types and structures
                        811/200 Constitutions            
                        811/300 Boards          
                        811/400 Leadership
812 Planning
                        812/100 Communication, including ICTs
                        812/200 Strategy
                        812/300 Community Involvement
813 Funding and Fundraising
814 Financial Management
815 Monitoring / Evaluation and Quality Assurance
816 Mainstreaming
817 Human Resource Management
                        817/100 Policies and procedures
                        817/200 Training
                        817/300 Facilitation
                        817/400 Volunteers    
818 Greater Involvement of People Living with or Affected by HIV/AIDS
818/100 Involvement of youth and children living with or affected by HIV
819 Networking
820      Governments
            821 South Africa
            822 Africa
                        822/100 Southern Africa
                                    822/110 Lesotho
                                    822/120 Swaziland
                                    822/130 Botswana
                                    822/140 Namibia
                                    822/150 Zimbabwe
                                    822/160 Mozambique
                                    822/170 Angola
                                    822/180 Malawi
                        822/200 Other African
                                    822/210 Uganda
                                    822/220 Zambia
                                    822/230 Nigeria
                                    822/240 Senegal
            823 Americas
                        823/100 South America
                        823/200 North America
                                                823/210 USA
                                                823/220 Canada
                        823/300 Central America and Caribbean
            824 Europe
                        824/100 United Kingdom
            825 Asia
                        825/100 India
                        825/200 Bangladesh
826  Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands

827  MENA – Middle East and North Africa
830      Organisations
831 International Organisations
                        831/100 United Nations
                        831/200 Global Health Council
831/300 Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The)
                        831/400 World Health Organisation
                        831/500 International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
                        831/600 PEPFAR
832 Community-based Organisations
833 Faith-Based Organisations
833/100 World Vision
833/200 PACANet
833/300 World Council of Churches
833/400 Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
834 NGOs, PBOs, NPOs / Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) and Networks
835 Corporate Social Responsibility Programmes and Foundations
836 Commercial service providers
837 Academic Organisations and Institutions
840      Advocacy
900.     Worship Resources and Religion
910      Worship Resources
911 Liturgy
912 Sermon
913 Prayer
914 Bible Studies
915 Bible Stories
920      Religion General
921 Christian
921/100 Statements
922 Jewish
923 Muslim
924 Buddhism
930      Theology of AIDS
940      Responses of Faith Communities:
            941 Responses to Gays, Lesbians and homosexuals
            942 Response to Stigma
            943 Responses to Sexuality
            944 Responses to Gender
945 Response to Human Rights
946 Responses to Poverty and Hunger
950      Responses of Faith Communities - Muslim
960      Cooperation with Faith Communities
970      Advocacy in Faith Communities
1000.  Arts and Media
1010    Art
            1011 Fine Art
            1012 Dramatic Art
1020    Media
            1021 Print Media
            1022 Audio Visual
                        1022/100 Cartoons and Comics
                        1022/200 Television and Film
            1023 Radio
1100.  Legal Aspects
1110    Rights General
1120    Human Rights
            1121 Women’s Rights
            1122 Children’s Rights
            1123 Rights of Gays and Lesbians
1130    Constitutional Rights
1140    Labour Rights
1150    Activism
1160    Laws and Acts
1170    Criminal Transmission of HIV
1190    Religious Aspects of Rights
1200.  Economic Aspects
1210    Economics General
1220    Macro Economic Issues
1230    Micro Economic Issues
1240    Developmental Issues
            1241 Poverty
1241/100 Grants
1241/200 Food Programs and Food Security
1241/300 Micro financing
1241/400 Information and Communication Technologies
1242 Health Systems Strengthening
1249 Religious Aspects of Development
1250 Climate Change and Global Warming
This classification was developed with the valuable assistance of Marion and the Anglican Church HIV & AIDS Office


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Guidelines for Adding Items to Resource Database

The data entry must help the users of the database to find the right document for their purpose. This document was develop to guide CARIS staff in data-entry – it would be very helpful if everyone uses the same format.:

Please fill in a separate form for each article. Fill in a separate form for each different item. If a "kit" consists of (for example) a video and a guideline booklet, one form can be filled in and both choices ticked at Format.

If you want to make more that one choice where a dropdown menu appears, e.g. format, purpose, target, hold down the control button while making the choices.

Please do not use enter in the middle of an entry – this will submit the record before you have completed it!

If you are not sure or do not have the answer to a specific question, please leave out the question and continue with the rest of the information. However, the more comprehensive our information, the better the service we can provide to others


Check if the item is already on the database. If it is and you are part of the CARIS Resource network, add the copy to the number of copies held by your centre.

Fill in the complete and accurate title of the item.

    Use "Title Case" or capitalise the first letter of every word.Check the ‘title page’ of a book for correct punctuation.If it has a subtitle, give the full subtitle as well, if possible, or include the subtitle in the abstract if it is too long (do not put in both places).Use the title exactly as given e.g. don't replace "&" with "and".Do ‘spell check’ in word if possible. Never start a title with “A” or “The”. Put his in brackets at the end of the specific sentence, eg: “Clinical Review (A). Caring For The Caregivers In The Face Of HIV and TB”

ISBN Number:

The ISBN number can normally be found on the back of the book or on the copyright page.

    Start with ISBN and then the numbers.If the material does not have an ISBN number, but has any other identifying number (eg order number), please fill this in.

CARIS Number:

The number allocated according to the CARIS Classification System.

    The number should consist of at least three numbers according to classification and three letters eg 522/100 SOU. The letters are the first three letters of the authors’ surname, If a specific author is not mentioned or if it is more specifically an organisation’s product, the first three letter of the organisation developing the material is used. Where the organisation is more typically known by its acronym (and if this is used in the developers list) use the first three letters of the developer.  


In Rand or relevant denomination. Indicate if it is free; use 0 if the price is unknown.


Number of pages in printed media, or length of video, tape etc. Use only numbers in this field.


Please specify the language of this copy. If multilingual, chose all relevant options using the control button.

Other languages:

Please specify if material is also available in other languages. Type all languages.


Information others might use to decide if this item would be useful for them.

    Start with Subtitle if it was too long for the title section. Fill in the full subtitle if it did not fit in the title bar.

    Subtitle: An Abc of DEF

    Then information on series if applicable: Part of the ABC series

    Then information about additional developers if applicable: Co-developed by A and B and C.

    Then give a short description of the material. The introduction of an article or the back of a book can often give you some idea of what the book is about. Think of what you would like to know in order to make a decision about using the book.

    Content: Then give contents or chapter headings - Chapters in a book, headings in a article, sub pages on a website etc. Please start each with a capital letter and use the numbering system used in the item. If not numbered start with a dash , e.g.

- Introduction
- Xyz of Ab
- Mmm mmk

    Don't use line breaks or spaces in abstract.Do ‘spell check’ in word if possible.


A resource can have more than one format e.g. a book that tells a story, an article consisting of guidelines. Give all options using the control button to choose multiple items.
    Article - Information normally published in a more comprehensive publication, e.g. a book or magazine or on the internet.
    Audio tape - Audio content for use in standard tape recorder
    Bible studies/guidelines - For use in Bible study groups or personal bible study
    Book/handbook - Any item with an ISBN number is a book. This number can be found on the back of the book or on the copyright page.
    Booklet - Any "book" with no ISBN number, or thinner publications, often stapled together
    Brochure - Information about the specific organisation or programme or project, used for marketing or fundraising
    Case studies - Information about a specific situation, for use as training tool
    CD - Audio content for use in standard CD player
    CD-Rom - For use in PC. May contain a variety of data forms
    Comic - Story told in pictures
    Discussion trigger cards/guidelines - Cards with statements used to encourage discussion.
    Drama - The full text of a drama or production or a video, DVD or CDversion of the drama.
    Fact Sheet - Normally one page with basic info
    Flip chart (or set of flip charts) - Large paper or card containing information for display in group settings.
    Group exercise guidelines - Guidelines for group exercises or activities.
    Guidelines - Instructions for treatment, a programme, etc, description of the way to do something.
    Liturgy/Sermon lay-out, Sermon - For use in a church service or for a specific religious programme.
    Magazine – Regular publication with a selection of articles
    Multimedia (e.g. PowerPoint Presentation) - Presentations using a variety of media such as PowerPoint, artwork etc
    Newsletter – Regular publication, often highlights work of the organisation.
    Pamphlet/Leaflet - One page, often folded
    Post Card
    Poster - Large information sheet used to display a specific message
    Posters (Set of) - Series of information sheets used to display a specific message
    Prayer - For use in a church service, other religious occasion or for personal prayer
    Programme Special Event -The programme for a specific HIV and AIDS related event or function
    Report - Report on a conference, programme, meeting etc, written by participant or delegate
    Research Report - Report on an academic studySet of Posters
    Song/Poem - Song or poem written about HIV or AIDS or persons living with HIV or AIDS
    Sticker -
    Story - Narrative of an incident or history.
    Toolkit -
    Training Manual - Manual to be used in a formal training programme .
    VCD/video CD/DVD - For use in standard DVD player or PC with DVD player
    Video/Video Clip - For use in standard video player
    Website – Site/ Selection of information on world wide web
    Workbook – Information for use in training or workshop. Often contains exercises and space for responses by participant.
    Workshop Hand-Out - Information sheet on specific topic to be handed out in a workshop.
    Workshop Manual/Guidelines - Guidelines for presenting a workshop, or the manual given to participants of the actual workshop.
    Z- Card - Card folded in Z shape
    If None of the above please fill in here - Any material not fitting in standard categories


Main purpose or focus of the material. Purpose for which the material would be particularly useful. An resource can have more than 1 Focus:

    Adherence to treatment - Maintaining or continuing with treatment .
    Advocacy - Material about pleading in favour of a cause (AIDS) with governments etc .
    Assessment and Planning - Material about evaluating situation and planning HIV/AIDS programme or project.
    Awareness and Information (general) - General information on HIV or AIDS for non – experts.
    Behaviour Change - Material about changing behaviour that might place one at risk of becoming infected, or, if already infected, that might hasten the progression of disease.
    Care of Orphans - Material about looking after children without parents, in this case specifically children whose parents died from AIDS.
    Christian Response - Material about how Christians should respond to HIV or AIDS.
    Church Mobilization - Material for helping churches get involved in the field.
    Clinical Management - Material about treatment of disease or symptoms, mainly by medical professionals.
    Coping with Death and Dying - Material about dealing with grief and the effects thereof.
    Counselling - Material about the process of helping an individual discover and develop his potential and thereby to achieve an optimal level of personal happiness and social usefulness.
    Economic Impact – Effect of the epidemic on financial situation of individuals, groups or nations.
    Epidemiology /Statistics - Information about statistics, statistical reports,
    Faith Response (other, please specify) - Material about how believers other than Christians should respond to HIV or AIDS.
    Funding - Material about funding, donors and ways to access funds.
    Gender and HIV/AIDS - Material focusing specifically on a particular sex, also dealing with sexual orientation and with homosexuality.
    Grants - Material about money government grants for specific categories of people.
    Home Based and/or Community Care - Material about caring for sick people in their homes or communities rather than in medical establishments.
    Information about a Specific Organisation or Product- Material about a specific organisation or product, giving information about what they do, contact details etc
    Life Skills - Material about knowledge needed to face life's challenges and to manage self and relationships.
    Management of Projects and Programmes - Material about planning, organizing and control of all aspects of HIV or AIDS related projects.
    Nutrition- Material about healthy diet and supplements.Pastoral Care- Material about spiritual care.
    PMTCT (Preventing Mother to Child Transmission) - Material about preventing children of HIV+ mothers being infected during pregnancy, birth or while breastfeeding.
    Positive Living- Material about those factors that can assist a HIV+ person to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
    Prevention – Information about all modes of HIV transmission.
    Reporting on HIV – a tool, information or guidelines that help teach reporters and the media to report on HIV related matters
    Rights - Material about legal, political, and social aspects that one may properly claim as due.
    Sensitization and De-stigmatization- Material that makes one aware of, and responsive to, the way in which HIV and AIDS is used to shame or discredit individuals or groups.
    Specific Information (please specify) - Material about a specific topic not covered by existing categories. Please fill in the topic in "other".
    Support Groups - Material about groups of people with common experiences and concerns who provide emotional, physical and/or moral support for one another.
    Training for Service Delivery - Material that can be used for training for programmes and projects addressing all aspects of HIV and AIDS.
    VCT (voluntary testing and counseling) - Material giving information and encouraging counselling and testing for HIV
    If None of the above please fill in here - Any material not fitting in standard categories.

Christian Specific: Tick if material is developed specifically for the Christian or faith based market.

Church Denomination: Tick if material is developed for a specific Christian denomination e.g Catholic Church or for a faith other than Christian, e.g Muslim.

Description: Please specify which faith or denomination in description.


Who would read/use the material, or benefit particularly from it. A resource can have more than 1 Target group:

    Activists – Those advocating for a specific cause or issue.
    Adults – Use only for very broad focussed material that is suitable for ‘the man or woman in the street’.
    Business and Employers
    Care Givers - Pastoral/Counsellors - Carers with a specific focus on emotional or spiritual care.
    Care Givers - Physical - Normally Home based or community based carers with basic knowledge.
    Christians Living with HIV or AIDS – use for material specifically for Christians living with HIV, not for general material about positive living.
    Church Leadership (general) - Spiritual leaders of a church, denomination or congregation.
    Clergy/Pastors – Church leaders in formal leadership positions.
    Commercial Sex Workers – People earning a living by selling sexual services of different nature.
    Congregation (general) - Members of a church.
    Donors - Persons or organisations donating or planning to donate money or other gifts
    Educators/Teachers – Teachers in the formal education system - Teachers at schools or tertiary institutions, not working specifically with HIV.
    Elderly – Older persons.
    Faith Based Organisations – Organisations working from and motivated by their faith perspective.
    Family and Friends of People Living with HIV or AIDS
    Gays and Lesbians – People with a sexual orientation towards those of their own sex.
    Health Care Professionals - Doctors or nurses and others trained professionally to deal with health and disease.
    Lay Pastors/ Ministry leaders – Spiritual leaders who are not in full time church employ.Learners and Students.
    Men and Boys.
    Mothers/ Parents of Children Living with HIV.
    Parents -
    People living with HIV or AIDS.
    People who know little about HIV or AIDS.
    Pregnant Women.
    Prisoners – People in penal institutions.
    Programme Planners/ Managers – Leaders of organisations or programmes.
    Small groups (specify) - Cell groups, Bible study groups etc.
    Substance Abusers/Recreational Drug Users
    Support group - Groups of persons living with HIV, or sharing similar situations getting together to share their experiences and support each other
    Trainers – Trainers specifically of training programmes for service delivery in the HIV field
    Women and Girls
    Youth General
    Youth (10-13)
    Youth (14-19)
    Youth (pre-primary)
    Youth (Primary school)
    Youth Leaders
    If  none of the above please fill in here - Any material not fitting in standard categories, please specify.


This is the organisation that sells or distributes the material, in other words, where you can get hold of the material. This may be the same as the developer, especially in the case of NGOs, but it may also be a commercial bookseller. If the organisation is already on the dropdown, just select – you do not need to add additional information:

      Name of organisation: If government organisation or department, start with Country e.g. S A or USA.

      Address - Preferably postal address of the distributor, if we don't have it yet. Check dropdown list. New developers only need to have full details entered once.

      Telephone -with code, including country code if available.

      Fax -with code, including country code if available

      Email -if available

      URL- Web page address if available.


Original publisher or organisation responsible for developing the material. Organisations are often responsible for a wide variety of material. Full details are only necessary if we do not have the organisation on our database (if it does not appear on the dropdown). This may be the same as the distributor, or it may be a publisher:
    Name of organisation - If government organisation or department, start with Country e.g. South Africa or S A or United States or USA.
    Address - Preferably postal address, if we don't have it yet, check dropdown list. New developers only need to have full details entered once.
    Telephone -with code, including country code if available.Fax - with code, including country code if available.
    Email -if available.
    URL- Web page address if available.

Author: Please give first three authors, or editor if applicable.

Format: Surname comma Initial Full Stop (e.g. Smith, J.)

General comments (Positive and negative) This is for users of the database and other users of the material to add comments after they have used the resource and should not be used during initial data entry.

Download from: Download address if available online. This is the actual final document, and not information about the document or resource


Date Published: Fill in date published if available.

Format: Use DD/MM/YYYY. If only year is available, use 00/00/1998

Information Provided By: Fill in your name or organisation please.

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Sermon Database

Access and search the full list of sermon tips here.

We have sermon guidellines or tips on more than 700 Bible readings.  Most of these were at some time sent out as CABSA's weekly Bible Message. You can also register or subscribe to receive this every week.

This database provides suggestions on how to think about a Bible text in a time of HIV.  It can help you avoid judgemental or stigmatising though patters and language.

Please share your sermon tips or thoughts with us.

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