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Donations by caring individuals are used to help people who are living with AIDS. You can give by check anytime. Simply make it out to "AIDS Care Fund" and mail to:

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What is HIV and AIDS?

UNAIDS Fast Facts defines HIV and AIDs this way:

HIV stands for 'human immunodeficiency virus'. HIV is a virus (of the type called retrovirus) that infects cells of the human immune system (mainly CD4 positive T cells and macrophages—key components of the cellular immune system), and destroys or impairs their function. Infection with this virus results in the progressive deterioration of the immune system, leading to 'immune deficiency'.

The immune system is considered deficient when it can no longer fulfill its role of fighting off infections and diseases. Immunodeficient people are more susceptible to a wide range of infections, most of which are rare among people without immune deficiency.

Infections associated with severe immunodeficiency are known as ‘opportunistic infections’, because they take advantage of a weakened immune system.

AIDS stands for ‘acquired immunodeficiency syndrome’ and is a surveillance definition based on signs, symptoms, infections, and cancers associated with the deficiency of the immune system that stems from infection with HIV.

Recent therapies for HIV disease dramatically limit the multiplication of HIV in the body, slowing the advancement of the disease and prolonging life. However, HIV infection is still fatal. While there are many advances in treatment and prevention, there is still no effective vaccine to prevent infection in persons exposed to the virus.

Global summary of the AIDS epidemic
December 2008
Classification Total Adults Children under 15 years
NOTE: The ranges shown in brackets around the estimates in this table define the boundaries within which the actual numbers lie, based on the best available information.
People living with HIV in 2008 33.4 million [31.1–35.8 million] 31.3 million [29.2–33.7 million] 2.1 million
[1.2–2.9 million]
People newly infected with HIV in 2008 2.7 million [2.4–3.0 million] 2.3 million [2.0–2.5 million] 430,000 [240,000–610,000]
AIDS-related deaths in 2008 2.0 million [1.7–2.4 million] 1.7 million [1.4–2.1 million] 280,000 [150,000–410,000]

Source: UNAIDS/09.36E / JC1700E (English original, November 2009)

What services does AIDS Care Fund provide?

We are helping people living with HIV/AIDS overcome their loneliness and despair. We provide counseling, support groups, literature, and Christian homes for children dying of AIDS.

Check our SERVICES page for a description of the projects AIDS Care Fund supports.