Mission: To end the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
About the Organization: Founded in 1985 by the merger of the AIDS Medical Foundation and National AIDS Research Foundation, is dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, AIDS/HIV treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. In the years since its founding, the foundation has invested more than $450 million in pioneering research, including on protease inhibitors, the use of antiretroviral drugs to block mother-to-infant transmission of HIV, and a vaccine for HIV. It also has played a key role in securing passage of federal legislation that provides funding for HIV/AIDS services, protects the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, and established the first AIDS drug assistance program to help low-income Americans pay for medication.
Current Programs: At the center of amfAR's efforts is the search for a cure for HIV/AIDS. The organization's grant programs include the amfAR Research Consortium on HIV Eradication (ARCHE), which was launched in 2010 and supports teams of biomedical researchers exploring strategies for eradicating HIV infection; the $100 million Countdown to a Cure initiative, which is aimed at developing the basis for a cure by the end of 2020; and the Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research, named for the well-known AIDS researcher and amfAR's founding chair.
The foundation's program is focused on increasing funding for AIDS research; ensuring a robust, effective, and equitable response to the global AIDS epidemic, especially in low- and middle-income countries; implementing a comprehensive national strategy to address HIV/AIDS in the U.S.; delivering harm reduction services, including syringe exchange; meeting the HIV-related needs of gay men, other men who have sex with men, and transgender individuals around the world; and promoting the development and delivery of new prevention and treatment interventions. In addition, amfAR publishes , hosts , and administers the for undergraduate and graduate students who aspire to become leaders in public health and in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Website: Visitors to the amfAR site can learn about , including and statistics and information about ; browse ; or watch from the organization's programs and PSA campaigns. They also can find out how to , take , attend a fundraising , shop for amfAR , and/or make a .
Funding: amfAR is funded by foundations, corporations, and individuals.