Archive for June, 2013

AFA Will be launching its Third Annual HIV Medicine Drive

AFA Will be launching its Third Annual HIV Medicine Drive

  • 28th June 2013
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AID FOR AIDS (AFA) will be launching its Third Annual HIV Medicine Drive from July 15th to 30th in support of its HIV Medicine Recycling Program. HIV Medicine Recycling is part of AFA’s Access to Treatment Program, a unique component of our work here at AFA and the largest of its kind in the world. We collect unused and unexpired medications related to the treatment of HIV and redistribute them to people with HIV who do not have proper access to treatment in developing countries. Since 1996, AFA has sent nearly $100 million in HIV medication to over 11,500 people in more than 40 countries. This year’s Medicine Drive hopes to increase the number of HIV medication donations and to raise awareness about our Recycling Program. All donated medications will go towards AFA’s Access to Treatment Program. Come join us to help improve the quality of life for people with…
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Want to help save the lives of children with HIV in Panama?

Want to help save the lives of children with HIV in Panama?

  • 27th June 2013
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                                                  There’s a simple way you can! Starting TODAY until June 30th you can make a donation to AID FOR AIDS Panama by using Groupon. Groupon is a website that offers users a number of deals and discounts on everything from restaurants, movie tickets, to vacation packages, and more! From now until the end of the month, Groupon subscribers will have the option to make $3.00 donations to benefit the Children’s Program of AID FOR AIDS Panama. It’s fast and easy! Donate now by clicking on this link. Be a hero and help us continue saving lives today!
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AID FOR AIDS promotes National HIV Testing Day

AID FOR AIDS promotes National HIV Testing Day

  • 27th June 2013
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In honor of National HIV Testing Day, AID FOR AIDS encourages everyone to get tested and know your status! Testing is a key part of effective prevention in order for us to achieve an AIDS-free generation. We offer free, confidential testing at our office and at the Community, Walgreens Pharmacy in Chelsea, located at 197 8th Avenue in Manhattan. For more information, call us at 212.337.8043.
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Join us this Sunday to show your PRIDE!

Join us this Sunday to show your PRIDE!

  • 25th June 2013
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This Sunday, June 30th, AID FOR AIDS will once again be marching in the annual NYC Pride March to show our support for the LGBT community. Come join us as we float down Fifth Avenue for an AIDS-free generation! We will be meeting up at 39th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues at 11:30 am on the day of the event. Refer to the map below. Make sure to come prepared with comfortable marching shoes, umbrellas (just in case), and sunblock. If you have any questions or would like to lend your support as a volunteer, please get in contact with Zach Shultz at zshultz@aidforaids.org or call us at 212.337.8043. See you at the march!
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AID FOR AIDS goes to Miami for International Conference

AID FOR AIDS goes to Miami for International Conference

  • 18th June 2013
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Recently, Mauricio Iafolla, Medical Director of the HIV Medicine Recycling and the AIDS Treatment Access Program (ATAP) for AID FOR AIDS, had the opportunity to travel to Miami for the 8th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence. The conference, which ran from June 2-4, consisted of an international forum to discuss and present new scientific advancements in the treatment of HIV as well as new developments in biomedical research on prevention and adherence. This conference provided the chance not only to network and interact with leaders in the field of HIV research and treatment; it also presented a unique opportunity to bring further visibility to the mission of AID FOR AIDS by getting us on the radar of conference participants hailing from all around the world. Mauricio, who led the outreach efforts to represent our organization in front of all conference participants, was very pleased with the outcome…
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AID FOR AIDS makes a big splash in Mexico!

AID FOR AIDS makes a big splash in Mexico!

  • 5th June 2013
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  Last month, a benefit dinner hosted by Angélica Fuentes and Ricardo Seco was held in the Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City to support the opening of a new AID FOR AIDS office in Mexico. Founder and Executive Director Jesus Aguais and Eduardo Guzman, the Communications and Development Manager, traveled down together to carry out this major event, which included a diverse group of artists, philanthropists, lawyers, and a host of other professionals. The night began with Jesus delivering an impassioned speech to a group of around 50 guests who were all visibly moved by his words.  Afterwards, the crowd stood in applause, united in their enthusiasm and eager to offer their support to this ambitious new project. The momentum from this event did not stop as the evening came to a close. Over the past two weeks since the benefit dinner, AID FOR AIDS has received a huge…
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AFA Volunteer Jesus Benaventa featured in Daily News article

AFA Volunteer Jesus Benaventa featured in Daily News article

  • 4th June 2013
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Over the past three years, Jesus Benaventa has been volunteering his time and lending his professional expertise to AID FOR AIDS. Now all of his hard work and dedication are starting to pay off, as he was recently featured in an article in the Daily News over the weekend! All of us at AID FOR AIDS are so proud of the work Jesus has done to help move the organization forward. Each intern and volunteer leaves their own personal mark in the organization and without a doubt, Jesus’ mark is truly special. It is because of the commitment of individuals like him that we are able to continue saving lives one by one. Congratulations, Jesus! Check out the full article here.
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Lack of cooperation and a prompt response continues to kill lives… Is this how we fight for an HIV-free world?

Lack of cooperation and a prompt response continues to kill lives… Is this how we fight for an HIV-free world?

  • 1st June 2013
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On Sunday, May 26th, Marcos died at a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. He was an eighteen-month-old infant who was born with HIV and developed resistance to an infection of citomegalovirus. This virus has similar characteristics to chicken pox and mononucleosis, which becomes fatal when there is a weak immune system. What stands out about this case is that this death could have been avoided if there had been a prompt and effective response from the government, pharmaceutical companies, cooperatives, and civil organizations among others, which did not respond in a timely manner to our request to support this child. After three months of intensive searching we finally found much needed support, although it was too late for Marcos. Starting in March, AID FOR AIDS knocked on several doors to get Foscarnet, a medication that would have improved the health and saved the life of Marcos. Unfortunately, key players in the…
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