The Issue: Undiagnosed and Untreated HIV
In Illinois alone, 43,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS, and one in five of those people is unaware of their condition, according to AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Without proper treatment, HIV can lead to AIDS and a host of other viruses. Additionally, consistent use of HIV medications has proven to be an effective way of preventing new cases of HIV.
The Campaign: Caring for People Affected by HIV
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago to make a difference in the lives of people living with or vulnerable to HIV. Every $10 raised helps the AIDS Foundation of Chicago fund and coordinate prevention, care, and advocacy programs. Donations might contribute to housing for people with HIV, advocacy campaigns to increase funding for HIV/AIDS services in Illinois, or free testing for individuals across the Chicagoland area. They might also fund meals through the organization’s supportive housing program, in-home care, or insurance navigators who enroll clients in new programs.
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AIDS Foundation of Chicago isn't your standard nonprofit organization. It hosts surprise item auctions, works with local glassblowers, organizes an AIDS Run & Walk event, and collaborates with dance companies to not only raise money for people affected by HIV, but to help erase the stigma of the disease.
That pairing—and those methods—sums up the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s mission nicely. Since 1985, the organization has worked with the community to improve local HIV/AIDS services, advocate for treatments and a cure, and educate the public about prevention. In Chicago, it works with more than 90 organizations to provide housing for more than 1,175 people affected by the disease annually, and in 2013 it conducted 8,666 free HIV tests across the city, connecting the newly diagnosed with treatment programs.