The amount of money we have is not enough to treat everyone… The AIDS community is going to have to be louder than ever to be heard. (Bill Gates at the World AIDS Conference 2012)
When AIDS LIFE was founded in 1992, the diagnosis “HIV positive” was merely a death sentence – doctors knew almost nothing about this new, deadly disease. Twenty years later, the situation in Austria and on the global level has improved significantly: thanks to increased access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), better opportunities for direct help, intensified AIDS research and prevention measures.
Nevertheless, it would be fatal to rest on the achievements made – it’s still a long way to go for a future without HIV and AIDS. The figures speak for themselves:
- In many non-industrialized countries AIDS is the leading cause of death among those aged 15-59 and among women of reproductive age.
- Still, 7,000 people are infected with HIV every day, among them 1,000 children.
- Between 30% and 60% of those living with HIV do not know their status.
- In many countries worldwide there is no comprehensive access to medical treatment. Associated with the stigmatization related to HIV / AIDS and a lack of information the virus can still spread.
- In 2011, 525 people were infected with the HI virus in Austria, which is an increase of almost 8% over the previous year.
AIDS LIFE: Fighting against AIDS alongside renowned partners
With the proceeds of the annual Life Ball, its side events and other activities, AIDS LIFE supports HIV and AIDS projects of selected partner organizations in Austria as well as in the most affected countries and regions all over the world since 1993.
Projects directly supporting and offering medical treatment to people who are HIV-positive or living with AIDS are given priority. Another focus lies on initiatives which deal with and try to minimize the social consequences of HIV and AIDS in order to prevent social isolation of people affected.
Learn more about supported projects & organisations: AIDS LIFE project video