AVERT.org - HIV and AIDS information for a digital generation
Today, around 35,000 people will access our website from around the world. Every word we write, graphic we create or video we produce has the potential to change the lives of those at risk of or affected by HIV.
We put safer sex messages into the hands of young people across the world, offer reassurance to people newly diagnosed with HIV when and where they need it, and dispel dangerous myths about HIV and AIDS.
AVERT.org also supports the global HIV response by providing a well-researched resource on the global epidemic, alongside an up-to-date news service to inform people working in HIV programming, policy or research.
With nearly 200,000 returning visitors each month, we know that we offer reliable and trustworthy information on HIV and AIDS that people return to again and again.
"Thank you for answering so many questions I had about these topics I've been asking for so many years." - Jodi
"Thank you, there is information here that lends itself to my practice as a home health nurse." - Marie
Campaigns – making a difference
We believe that making a noise about things that are important can influence change. Our most recent campaign, Stand Up to HIV, highlights the impact stigma can have on your health and aims to empower people to test for HIV.
We created the animation ‘Why am I so scared of HIV?’ to get our message across and the video has been well received.
"Wow, in short very motivating and encouraging." - Nhlanhla
We also wrote a new page called ‘I’m worried about HIV and AIDS’ that encourages people to think about why they are scared of HIV and how to overcome their fears.
“I just did my HIV test, result came back negative I was so worried before the result but now I feel better. I would like to say thank you for information you provide to us and it helps lot, great job again, thanks.” - Tony
Partnerships – taking action locally
We believe local knowledge builds a stronger response to HIV and AIDS. Our current partners in sub-Saharan Africa have helped thousands of people in HIV-affected communities transform their lives.
Umunthu Foundation in Malawi has been working with AVERT to provide HIV counselling and testing, awareness-raising, prevention and support to people living with HIV since 2010. Each year their reach has grown and they now provide a one-stop-shop of services in three locations covering a population of 260,000 people.
"Through our great partnership with AVERT, availability and accessibility of the much needed HIV treatment to thousands of people living with HIV have significantly and sustainably improved." - David Odali (Umunthu Foundation Director)
"Before I got involved with Umunthu I was living a difficult life of discrimination because of my status…Now I get support and encouragement from the other members of the group and friends." - Mida (Umunthu beneficiary)
Sisonke in South Africa has been building a network of elderly women who care for their grandchildren who are orphaned by AIDS across 20 rural communities since 2005. These women, who had become vulnerable and disempowered, are now working together to find solutions to the challenges they face.
"These achievements would not have been possible without the supportive partnership with AVERT. We continue to move forward as a partnership, making a difference in thousands of lives." - Desire Nokele (Sisonke Group Developer)
"Before Sisonke I used to have high blood pressure and high blood sugar level, now I'm feeling healthy." - Nqakri (Sisonke beneficiary)
Phelisanang Bophelong (PB) in Lesotho is the first of AVERT's new partners in 2015. We are working together to improve awareness of HIV among young people locally. The project will also support key affected groups in the LGBT community and in prisons. Watch this space!
Bwafwano Integrated Services Organisation (BISO) in Zambia is our second new partner in 2015, focused on tackling the HIV and TB co-epidemic. BISO provides education, treatment and support for those affected by HIV, TB or both, and campaigns for people’s rights and needs.
Photo credit: ©AVERT by Corrie Wingate