For thirty years, AIDS Emergency Fund (AEF) has been a financial lifeline, providing more than $32,000,000 to help tens of thousands of San Francis- cans disabled by HIV/AIDS avoid eviction or utility shut-off and live stably and independently in our community.
There is great hope these days that new medical interventions, coupled with political and financial will, can result in fewer new infections, possibly even an end to the spread of AIDS.
While the thought of an AIDS-free generation is a great step forward, it is cold comfort to those already infected. People who have battled HIV/AIDS for a decade or more — those who have experienced the permanent and debilitating side effects of the illness or its treatments — will not suddenly fully recover and re-enter the work force. Thousands disabled by HIV/ AIDS will still need financial help from AIDS Emergency Fund, supportive services from our community partner agencies, and specialized (and ex- pensive) medical care.
While AEF joins in anticipating a bright future for HIV prevention, we remain committed to being a beacon of hope for low-income San Franciscans al- ready disabled by HIV/AIDS. We are honored to operate in a city that values all its residents, thankful for a community of donors who share our vision, and committed to helping our clients live with dignity until there is a cure.
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