September 7, 2017

HIV Groups and Pharma Provide Emergency Funds in the Wake of Hurricanes

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Once again, the HIV community is coming together to take care of its own. Pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences donated $1 million to a fund to help HIV organizations affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Grants will be coordinated by AIDS United and the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC). In addition, AIDS United allocated $150,000 from its Southern HIV Impact Fund to the efforts.

In related news, New York City–based Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awarded $155,000 in emergency grants to provide on-the-ground assistance to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. And the Florida-based Campbell Foundation awarded $20,000 to AIDS groups in Houston.

The Gilead contribution was announced Thursday, September 7, during the opening plenary session of the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), held this year in Washington, DC, and sponsored by NMAC. During the announcement, delegates from hurricane-struck regions who were being honored for their work appeared onstage.

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