GIVING HOPE: AAIM provides compassionate care and support to many of the countless people affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa.

Outreach Health

Eugenia Giordano and Oscar A. Giordano

are directors of Adventist AIDS International Ministry in South Africa.

The HIV/AIDS Pandemic

Ministering with compassion

Since it was first identified in 1981, AIDS has grown from a new, unknown disease affecting only five patients into a worldwide pandemic that has touched almost 75 million people—out of which 36 million have died.1

According to the World Health Organization, there were 35.3 million people infected with HIV worldwide in 2012.2

Thanks to the combined therapy called highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), AIDS is no longer a death sentence; but there is still no cure. The virus continues to spread, and every day more than 6,000 people are infected worldwide.3

Following the example and teachings …

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