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AIDS first emerged in the early 1980s, claiming thousands of lives each year as it spread. But it wasn't until the disease reached pandemic status more than a decade later that the global community really galvanized in an effort to stop it.

In 1996, as HIV prevalence was peaking around the world, the United Nations established UNAIDS, the first global health body focused on a single disease. In 2000, the UN Security Council convened an unprecedented meeting to address the out-of-control AIDS crisis. This led to a massive concentration of resources into HIV/AIDS research, and triggered global and coordinated efforts to stem the disease.

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 The HIV/AIDS pandemic, explained in 9 maps and charts

AIDS first emerged in the early 1980s, claiming thousands of lives each year as it spread. But it wasn't until the disease reached pandemic status more than a decade later that the global community really galvanized in an effort to stop it.

36 Years Later: The Opportunity To End AIDS As We Know It

We are closer to eliminating HIV than ever before – binding communities, scientists, and political leaders together to envision a different future.

AIDS Portal

Welcome to the AIDSPortal website - the online resource supporting the community response to HIV. Search for HIV & AIDS and health related information, contribute your experiences and connect to people, groups and organisations from around the world. Content can be viewed in more than 50 languages.


HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, research & clinical trials


The world is talking about ending AIDS. AVAC’s advocacy is dedicated to realizing that vision. Founded in 1995, AVAC is an international non-profit organization that uses education, policy analysis, advocacy and community mobilization to accelerate the ethical development and eventual global delivery of AIDS vaccines and other new HIV prevention options as part of a comprehensive response to the pandemic.


AVERT’s Community Programme supports and builds partnerships with local organisations who are working to directly avert the spread of HIV and AIDS, and to improve the treatment, care and support of people infected with, or affected by HIV and AIDS. AVERT’s current HIV and AIDS projects, and partnerships are taking place in southern Africa, particularly in areas where there are extremely high rates of HIV infection.

Greater Than AIDS

GREATER THAN AIDS is a leading public information response to the U.S. domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic with a focus on areas and people most affected.

HIV InSite

Launched in March 1997, HIV InSite's mission is to be a source for comprehensive, in-depth HIV/AIDS information and knowledge. The site has an extensive collection of original material, including the HIV InSite Knowledge Base, a complete textbook with extensive references and related links organized by topic.

HIV Vaccine Trials Network

The HIV Vaccine Trials Network is an international collaboration of scientists and educators searching for an effective and safe HIV vaccine. models the effective use of digital media to strengthen our public health work and empower partners to more effectively achieve their missions.

Keep A Child Alive

To realize the end of AIDS for children and their families, by combating the physical, social and economic impacts of HIV.

National AIDS Memorial

The mission of the National AIDS Memorial is to provide, in perpetuity, a place of remembrance so that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not forgotten and the story is known by future generations.

National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project

Our mission is to educate individuals about HIV and Hepatitis treatments and to advocate on the behalf of all people living with HIV/AIDS and HCV.

National Prevention Information Network

Welcome! Looking for the latest news? Campaign ideas? Prevalence data for your area? NPIN is here to provide you with the most current HIV/AIDS resources, tools, and ideas to support your organization’s efforts to prevent HIV/AIDS.


POZ is America’s premier lifestyle, treatment and advocacy magazine and website for people living with—and those affected by or looking for more information about—HIV and AIDS. It informs, inspires and empowers its readership.

TheBody's mission is to: Use the Web to lower barriers between patients and clinicians. Demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment. Improve the quality of life for all people living with HIV/AIDS. Foster community through human connection.


Founded in 2002, TheBodyPro exists to inform and support the HIV workforce -- the vast constellation of people working on the front lines of HIV education, prevention, care, and services. Whether you're a physician or a case manager; a registered nurse or a licensed social worker; a medical technician or a therapist; we're here to provide you with up-to-date information, valuable perspectives, and authentic professional voices.


UNAIDS is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

San Francisco AIDS Foundation

With no cure and no vaccine for AIDS currently available, the only way we can stop HIV is to prevent its spread.

San Francisco Sex Information

We provide free, confidential, accurate, non-judgmental information about sex and reproductive health. If you have a question about sex, we'll either answer it or refer you to someone who can.


While there have been great strides in the prevention of HIV transmission and care of HIV infection and AIDS since AIDS was first recognized in 1981, many people still have questions about HIV and AIDS. The information below is designed to answer some of these questions based on the best available science.


Since the first cases of AIDS were identified in 1981, tens of millions of people around the world have become infected with HIV, and the epidemic has claimed millions of lives.


HIV infections: sites, fact sheets, links, features


CATIE strengthens Canada’s response to HIV and hepatitis C by bridging research and practice. We connect healthcare and community-based service providers with the latest science, and promote good practices for prevention and treatment programs.

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