World AIDS Day is a day for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, whether this means supporting people who are living with HIV or AIDS or bringing awareness to the virus. World AIDS day is also a time to remember all of those who have passed away from an AIDS-related illness or complications.
The day was started in 1988, acting as the first-ever global health day, and falls on Dec. 1 every year. GrantWatch has a category specifically for grants related to the fight against HIV/AIDS. And in honor of the day, GrantWatch is sharing five grants from this category that are currently available below.
Some Background on the Virus
AIDS is an acronym for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and is a dangerous condition that is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV. When someone has HIV, the virus attacks the body’s immune system. And if not treated, the virus could lead to AIDS which is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition.
According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that between 480,000 to 1 million people died worldwide as a result of HIV in 2020. The organization also notes that 37.7 million were struggling with HIV at the end of 2020. HIV.gov states that there are 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S. However, about 13 percent of these people are unaware that they need testing.
HIV used to itself be a death sentence, but over the last 35 years, a lot has improved when it comes to treatment options. Unfortunately, the virus can still impact a patient’s ability to fight other diseases.
Some of these, according to HIV.gov, include:
- cardiovascular disease
- kidney disease
- bone disease,
- liver disease
- cognitive disorders
Ways to Contribute to World AIDS Day
Remember that one of the most important parts of this day is to find ways to help with the battle against this epidemic. Early prevention and treatment can help save lives. Ensuring people have access to proper healthcare programs can change lives.
This is why grant funding can be crucial. Not only can grants help fund programs that help with treatment and patient access, but they can also fund medical research as well. Breakthroughs in treatment have come through both public and private funding of research. Thanks to research, millions of people now have treatment options. However, medical research continues to try to find a cure for HIV and AIDS.
Grants to Help People Living with HIV and AIDS
- Firstly, there are cooperative agreements available to a U.S. government agency, tribal government, nonprofit organization, IHE, or academic health science center to serve individuals with HIV/AIDS.
- Grants available to U.S. public and nonprofit entities in multiple states to provide HIV healthcare services to low-income children, youth, and women.
- There are also grants available to U.S. nonprofits, agencies, health centers, hospitals, IHE’s, and tribes to meet the needs of paitents with HIV.
- There is funding available to U.S. health centers in multiple states for services to prevent the spread of HIV.
- Finally, there are grants available to U.S. nonprofits, for-profits, agencies, and IHE’s and tribes for research related to AIDS prevention.
Looking for more grants that can help with public health issues and research? Check out the health and medical grant category on GrantWatch. Additionally, there is a research and evaluation category that helps fund a multitude of research including many grants for medical research.
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