#WorldAIDSDay spotlight: The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

Each year on December 1st, people around the globe observe World AIDS Day to support those currently living with AIDS and commemorate those who have lost their lives to the syndrome.

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation is dedicated to providing care to those affected by the pandemic. Founded in 1991 by the late Academy Award-winning actress and activist Elizabeth Taylor, the foundation has been an influential force in the fight against HIV.

In 2006, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation funded a mobile medical rescue van servicing the New Orleans area in response to the critical lack of access to medical care after Hurricane Katrina. Following the success of the program, the foundation allied with the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) to establish mobile medical clinics in Malawi.

Bringing accessible medicine to rural, under-served communities is crucial to bringing an end to the AIDs pandemic. The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation is aiming for the 90-90-90 goal in the Mulanje District, Malawi: by 2020, 90% of people with HIV would be diagnosed, 90% of those diagnosed would begin treatment, and 90% of those on treatment would reach viral suppression.

In addition to their important work providing direct medical care to afflicted communities, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation also provides funding to global organizations committed to the fight against HIV and AIDS.

For more information on the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, please visit: http://elizabethtayloraidsfoundation.org/

To see GLAAD's joint work with ETAF to help reinvigorate the conversation about HIV and AIDS and accelerate eradication, visit www.glaad.org/HIV.