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, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research 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 Research 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 policy and advocacy 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 issue briefs, hosts conferences and briefings, and administers the Allan Rosenfield Internship and Fellowship Program 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 HIV/AIDS, including global and U.S. statistics and information about HIV testing; browse publications; or watch videos from the organization's programs and PSA campaigns. They also can find out how to get involved, take action, attend a fundraising event, shop for amfAR gear, and/or make a donation.
Funding: amfAR is funded by foundations, corporations, and individuals.