Our story


AIDS United’s mission is to end the HIV epidemic in the United States.

In the ongoing work for social justice and true equity, ending the HIV epidemic in the United States is our chosen role. We’ve seen firsthand how the intersectionality of social injustice, discrimination and health care disparity impacts those living with HIV, and we believe alleviating this struggle is a pivotal step toward our national well-being.


AIDS United envisions a time when all people, governments and organizations commit to ending the epidemic and strengthening the health, well-being and human rights of everyone impacted by HIV.

We envision a world with an ambitiously holistic definition of human rights.

We must expand the conversation about those of us impacted by HIV to account for and address the intersectionality of health disparities, social injustice, white supremacy, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and every kind of inequity.

Our history

AIDS United’s policy and advocacy roots were born out of coalition in the early days of the HIV epidemic. AIDS service organizations across the country came together to form AIDS Action Council. The AIDS Action Foundation was formed as the education arm a few years later.
The National AIDS Fund was founded. We’ve spent the decades since supporting community-driven efforts to combat the HIV epidemic across the country. From the beginning, we recognized and focused on the most disproportionately affected populations, including gay and bisexual men, communities of color, women and people living in the South.
AIDS Action Foundation merged with the National AIDS Fund to form AIDS United.

$221,000,000 toward the struggle and counting.
To date, our strategic grantmaking initiatives have directly funded more than $104 million to local communities, and we have leveraged more than $117 million in additional investments for programs that include, but are not limited to, syringe access, access to care, capacity-building, HIV prevention and advocacy.
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Today, the coalition of organizations involved in AIDS United’s policy work continues to grow. We advocate for those of us living with or vulnerable to HIV and the organizations that serve them. We house the most seasoned and respected domestic HIV policy team in Washington, DC, and our public policy work is informed by our Public Policy Council that includes a broad array of organizations from all regions of the country engaged in helping to end HIV in the United States.

1634 Eye St. NW, Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 408-4848

Capacity Building Services: CBA@aidsunited.org
Press/Media Inquiries: communications@aidsunited.org
Development/Fundraising: give@aidsunited.org
Finance: finance@aidsunited.org
Grants: grant@aidsunited.org
Policy: policy@aidsunited.org

Our north star

The voices of people living with and vulnerable to HIV always guide our work.

We exist to amplify their voices until their needs and experiences are embedded in our national consciousness.

Concessions are not enough. We want deep and honest transformation. We want to change the way people talk about, and therefore think about, HIV, the HIV epidemic, and the lives affected by it. Our work never ends but evolves and expands along with our understanding.