Donate to HIV/AIDS Research, Patient Care and Education
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) destroys the white blood cells which are responsible for guarding the body against infections. Those who have been infected with this virus are at an exponentially higher threat of infections and cancers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one million people in the United States are living with HIV, and of that number, fourteen percent are unaware that they are infected. HIV/AIDS has been referred to in past years as an epidemic, and although the number of new infections has waned in recent years, it still poses a significant threat to certain populations, especially gay and bisexual men. With your generous support of Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you become an integral part of diagnosing people who may not even yet know they have HIV, helping treat patients who have been infected and helping find a way of eradicating it once and for all.
In part through generous donations such as yours to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, Northwestern has established itself as a national leader in offering comprehensive treatment and care for adults at-risk or infected with HIV. Clinical services include:
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)— medications that lower the overall risk of contracting HIV before exposure
- Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)— medications that lower the overall risk of contracting HIV after exposure
- Antiretroviral therapy (ART)— medications that treat HIV infection
- Management of opportunistic infections
- Treatment of pregnant women with HIV
- Prevention of perinatal transmission— prevention of the mother passing HIV to the unborn baby
HIV/AIDS Research, Patient Care and Education Donation
When you support Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will ensure the continuation and expansion of services provided for patients at risk or infected with HIV. In fact, Northwestern is on the leading edge of new developments in the field of HIV Aging, which couples clinical and social tools to achieve healthy aging among older patients living with HIV. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists from cardiology, hematology/oncology, OB/GYN, psychology, and hepatology work in conjunction with infectious disease-trained physicians, nurse practitioners, and social workers to provide the very highest quality of care to achieve and maintain patients’ health so that it is equal to that of individuals who are not HIV positive.
Due in part to the tireless efforts of the physicians on staff and scientists at Northwestern Medicine, the cases of those infected with HIV has decreased by fifty-five percent in the past decade in Chicago according to Window to the World Chicago (WTTW). Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will bring Northwestern closer to eliminating it from Chicago, and the country, altogether.