Founded in 1990, in memory of singer and song writer Cazuza, who died that year victim of Aids, the institution began its work along with Gaffrée and Guinle University Hospital of Rio de Janeiro. In 1992, the organization became independent from that hospital and began working autonomously, providing medicine, exams, and assistance to individuals carrying HIV. In 1993, the City of Rio de Janeiro granted use of one of its property, and the Viva Cazuza Society set up the first Municipal Pediatric Support Home. The organization had as goal to provide shelter, medical care, education, family reintegration, leisure, and culture.
In 1999, the Society began two new projects:
- an Aids Educative and Informative site, with the objective of bringing up-to-date scientific information, in Portuguese, as well as shedding light on topics;
- Project of Social Support, aimed at making adult patients stick with the treatment from two of Rio de Janeiro’s public hospital system.