amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research


amfAR Announces First Grants for COVID-19 Research

We are pleased to announce our first two research grants awarded through the amfAR Fund to Fight COVID-19. One grant will support a study of the acute kidney injury that can be a deadly consequence of advanced COVID-19 disease. The other one will support a study of antibody responses to COVID-19. You can read about the grants here.

Expanding our efforts to include research on the deadly new coronavirus, in April we established the amfAR Fund to Fight COVID-19. The fact is, amfAR is uniquely positioned to participate in the all-out effort to develop effective treatments and a vaccine for the coronavirus. However, we remain fully committed to HIV research and to finding a cure for the 38 million people worldwide living with HIV. All money donated for HIV research will stay in HIV research, whereas all donations to this special fund will be earmarked for research on COVID-19. In these challenging times, we are especially grateful for your generous support. 

Frequently Asked Questions.



We are constantly gathering new information to keep you up to date on the intersection between HIV and COVID-19. As you will see from our video interviews in particular, the hard-won lessons of HIV research are informing the race to find effective treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19.



In this series of short videos, Dr. Rowena Johnston, amfAR VP and Director of Research, talks to HIV researchers about their involvement in the fight against COVID-19.  We’ll be adding new interviews regularly so check this page often. 

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Intersections #8: HIV and COVID-19 – DNA Vaccine

amfAR-funded HIV researcher Dr. Dan Barouch of Harvard Medical School talks to amfAR’s Dr. Rowena Johnston about his team’s efforts to rapidly develop a safe and effective vaccine against the coronavirus.

Watch the full Intersections series here.



By the numbers





Assessing the Impact of Covid-19 on Black Americans
New amfAR study finds that while disproportionately black counties make up just 22% of all US counties, they account for 52% and 58% of COVID-19 cases and deaths, respectively.


Policy Responses: Parallels Between HIV and COVID-19 

amfAR’s Vice President & Director of Public Policy Greg Millett recently spoke on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s forum on parallels between government responses to HIV and COVID-19. Millett presented COVID-19 data from amfAR’s Ending the HIV Epidemic database, updated daily:

ISSUE BRIEF: Violence Crisis Services During Lockdown

amfAR assesses GBV service availability during COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa.






COVID-19, a Stigma to Many, Quietly Taking Toll on South Florida’s Haitian Community
The Miami Herald – September 3, 2020
COVID-19 is ravaging South Florida’s Haitian-American population. Language barriers, distrust of traditional medicines, and historical discrimination and stigma stemming from the HIV/AIDS epidemic are sourced as factors that make the community even more vulnerable to COVID-19. 

Jonathan Mann's Human Rights Blueprint for Global Health Must Guide COVID-19 Response
The Hill – September 2, 2020
This opinion contributor writes that “we would all do well to remember [Jonathan] Mann’s lessons,” leader of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) AIDS response, who galvanized a global movement responding to the AIDS epidemic in 1987. 

Ampler Than Loneliness: Documenting Collective Resilience Through HIV/AIDS and COVID-19
POZ – September 2, 2020
A collection of artwork created by Visual AIDS artist members, produced in response to the conditions of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and stay-at-home social distancing measures.

Racial Impacts of COVID-19, Neutralizing Antibodies, More
BIO IT World – August 28, 2020
This roundup of COVID-19 related research highlights amfAR’s recent study showing how white counties have lower rates of COVID-19 and HIV. 

Study Says Structural Racism, Segregation Driving Disparity In COVID & HIV Rates
MSNBC – August 17, 2020
amfAR’s VP & Director of Public Policy Greg Millett appeared on MSNBC Live with Ayman Mohyeldin this week
to discuss amfAR’s latest study showing how white counties in the U.S. have consistently lower rates of COVID-19 and HIV.


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