ASPiRE Supports AIDS Awareness Month



Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. amfAR-funded research has increased our understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $388 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.


Program Overview

amfAR identifies critical gaps in our knowledge of HIV/AIDS, and supports promising early-stage studies that often lack the preliminary data required by more traditional funders. Through its Research program, amfAR is advancing efforts to prevent HIV infection in those who are vulnerable and to improve treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, with the ultimate goal of eradicating the virus.

The GMT Initiative strives to reduce worldwide rates of HIV infection among gay men, other men who have sex with men, and transgender individuals (collectively, GMT) in developing countries by providing small grants to grassroots groups that help expand HIV education and prevention. The GMT Initiative also works to build understanding and awareness of HIV epidemics among GMT, and advocates for effective policies and increased funding.

Informed by thorough research and analysis, amfAR is a highly respected advocate of rational and compassionate AIDS-related public policy. The Foundation's Public Policy program is engaged in efforts to increase investments in HIV/AIDS research; ensure a robust response to the global epidemic; expand access to prevention, treatment, and care; and protect the civil rights of all people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Through its Public Information program, amfAR generates awareness of the need for better treatment and prevention methods, and publishes educational materials on important AIDS-related research, treatment, prevention, and policy issues. As a respected voice on HIV/AIDS, amfAR frequently provides media commentary on research developments and other aspects of the epidemic.

For more on amfAR, visit amfar.org




In 1985, music legends Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Elton John recorded the single “That’s What Friends Are For” to benefit amfAR. Written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, the song’s heartfelt lyrics speak to the abiding power of friendship.

The single reached #1 on the Billboard charts in 1986, won two Grammy Awards, and raised millions of dollars for AIDS research. For many, it remains the anthem for the fight against AIDS. Today, 30 years on, a cure for HIV is finally within the realm of possibility. Buoyed by recent scientific breakthroughs, amfAR has put itself on the clock, setting an ambitious goal for itself: a cure by 2020.

To reach that goal, we need friends like you. Lend your voice to our efforts and create your own version of “That’s What Friends Are For.” Share it on social media and tag a friend you know you can always count on. Let’s create an epic worldwide chorus — a rallying cry for an end to AIDS.

Learn more about #SingForAIDS here.