Who we are

Everyone has the right to live free from AIDS. And yet, every day, millions are denied access to the HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care they need to continue living healthy, fulfilling lives.

We’ve been on the frontline of the world’s response to HIV and AIDS for 28 years, working with marginalised people who are denied HIV prevention and treatment simply because of who they are and where they live.

Set up in 1993 to work with community groups in the countries most affected by the global AIDS epidemic, we’ve continually adapted our approach, looking for innovative ways to break down the barriers that marginalise people living with, or at risk of acquiring, HIV. All with one goal in mind – a future free from AIDS for everyone, everywhere.

Everything we do is rooted in our two key beliefs:

  • That the lives of all human beings are of equal value.
  • That everyone has the right to access the HIV information and services they need for a healthy life.

Today, we work with communities in more than 100 countries, taking local, national and global action on HIV, health and human rights.

Together, we’ve made a lot of progress, but HIV is spiking again among the people with the least power. In 2020, there were 1.5 million new HIV infections and 690,000 people died of AIDS-related illnesses.

The epidemic hasn’t gone away. It’s evolving.

So, we must keep evolving too. Working with our partners on the frontline to ignite innovations that help break down the social, political and legal barriers that stand in the way of a future free from AIDS.

As a global partnership that is open to everyone, we can only do what we do – and achieve what we want to achieve – by working with partners from grassroots community groups to national governments. Our partners drive change where it matters, shaking up the status quo and making a noise on issues the world often chooses to ignore.

We know we can make the difference. We know that together we are greater than AIDS.

Join us. End it.


Our work is making a difference to people living with HIV around in the world. Here’s a snapshot of our impact in 2020:

  • 9.1 million marginalised and other vulnerable people were provided with sexual and reproductive health and rights interventions.
  • 8.4 million marginalised and other vulnerable people were reached with HIV prevention programmes.
  • 5.3 million marginalised and other vulnerable people received an HIV test and know their results.
  • 31 million needles and syringes were distributed.
  • 822,000 young people aged 10-24 years were reached with comprehensive sexuality education and/or life skills-based HIV education.
  • 288,000 people who use drugs were reached with needle and syringe programmes.
  • 83,000 newly diagnosed people were linked to HIV care.
  • 21,000 individuals received opioid agonist treatment for at least six months.
  • 2,349 community-based organisations received a pre-defined package of training.


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