Back to School with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

A boy draws in class at an Ariel Camp in Rwanda.

James Pursey/EGPAF

It’s back-to-school time for students around the world. This week, we’re giving you a crash course in everything EGPAF – from the ins-and-outs of HIV to the history of the Foundation, from how many children we treat to how campuses are getting involved in the fight to eliminate HIV. Class is in session!

• HIV 101, Parts 1 and 2: How does HIV infect cells? Why is it so difficult to treat? What does the process of HIV infection look like on the cellular level? Learn more about the virus.
Frequently Asked Questions: The New World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines: This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new guidelines for how to effectively treat people living with HIV, including rules that offer life-long antiretroviral treatment (ART) to all pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV.
On the Trail of an AIDS Vaccine: What if we could prevent HIV infections using a vaccine, such as those that we use to prevent polio or measles? Find out more about the potential challenges, pitfalls, and the next steps to take on the road to creating an HIV vaccine.

Elizabeth’s Story: Elizabeth Glaser founded the Pediatric AIDS Foundation to save her children, but her incredible efforts changed the world and saved the lives of millions of women and children around the world. Learn more about Elizabeth and her extraordinary impact.
“The Defiant One”: Elizabeth Glaser lost her battle against AIDS in December of 1994. People Magazine’s David Ellis wrote this powerful tribute to her legacy and influence.
• “The Announcement”: Earvin “Magic” Johnson won five NBA titles, but when he was diagnosed with HIV, he looked to Elizabeth Glaser for advice and support. Learn more about Johnson and how he used his diagnosis to help others.

Explaining HIV to Children: How do you tell a child that they are HIV-positive? How do you explain the importance of taking the right medications on a consistent basis? Read more about how health workers teach families how to talk to children about their HIV status.
Putting Children’s Psychology First: Children and young people face unique psychological challenges as they negotiate adolescence, but young people living with HIV are saddled with additional concerns. Learn more about how HIV can affect children psychologically and how psychology is critical to HIV care and treatment for young people.

Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.