Frequently Asked Questions
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What does PAA do?
helps eradicate HIV/AIDS in Africa through educational programs
helps break the silence and stigma that accompanies HIV/AIDS
help those who are affected manage the disease
How is PAA different from other organizations?
our focus is on the education of everyday citizens - what HIV/AIDS is, how it is spread, and how it is not spread
addresses stigma that prevents many from seeking treatment
heightens awareness and knowledge among the clergy to further educate and support citizens
educates medical professionals and community leaders about the stigma and discrimination experienced by those who HIV-positive
Who does the work?
PAA works with local/African partners who are leaders in the community
the conference leadership includes HIV/AIDS leaders in the broader community (outside Cameroon and Lesotho)
How much of my donation goes to support the African educational effort?
over 95% of donations go to support the educational programs
PAA has no paid staff; a small portion is used for administrative and fundraising needs
Hasn’t the AIDS issue been tackled?
No. There are roughly 34 million HIV-positive people worldwide.
Of the 34 million people living with HIV/AIDS, 69% of them live in sub-Saharan Africa
91% of the world's HIV-positive children live in Africa
More than 1 million people die every year from HIV/AIDS in Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa has the most serious HIV/AIDS epidemic in the world
Isn’t there a cure for AIDS?
There currently is no cure for HIV or AIDS.
However, effective treatment with antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can control the virus so that people can live longer, healthier, more productive lives
Can’t the various African nations handle the HIV/AIDS crisis within their own countries?
The implementation of HIV treatment and prevention programs requires a county’s health, education, and infrastructure to be developed. In many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, these resources were stretched prior to the HIV epidemic and came under increasing pressure as the epidemic evolved. This situation is worsened by the acute shortage of trained healthcare professionals.