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 29 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 2021:

  • 63 civil society organisations in 29 countries held governments, donors and the private sector to account on their commitment to end AIDS. 
  • 65 organisations in 25 countries strengthened community-led health responses.  
  • 21 donors supported more sustainable and inclusive HIV responses. 
  • 11 governments were supported to provide more sustainable, inclusive and evidence-based HIV responses.  
  • 4 countries improved national laws and policies to protect the rights of marginalised people.  
  • 10 countries were supported to expand access to stigma-free, inclusive HIV services.  
  • 9 countries were supported to address social and gender inequalities and expand access to justice.
  • 6 countries reduced the levels of violence faced by marginalised people and increased safety and support for marginalised communities.

The global footprint demonstrates the scale and impact of the Frontline AIDS global partnership*:

*The figures here are based on data reported by 49 Frontline AIDS partner organisations.


  • Elton John AIDS Foundation
  • Expertise France
  • Ford Foundation
  • The German Government (GIZ)
  • The Government of the Netherlands (BuZa)
  • Gilead Sciences Inc.
  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • Irish Aid
  • Open Society Foundations
  • New Venture Fund
  • Rockefeller Brothers Foundation
  • Soho House
  • The Swedish Government (SIDA)
  • The UK Government (FCDO)
  • ViiV Positive Action

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