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AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 152,000 individuals in 26 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia-Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. The organization’s mission is “to provide cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay." History AHF began in 1987 as the AIDS Hospice Foundation. With patients dying on the streets of Los Angeles, a small group of activists committed themselves to “fight for the living, and care for the dying.” The group sponsored legislation that made it possible to open the first licensed HIV/AIDS facility for the terminally ill in California, named after AIDS Hospice Foundation Co-founder Chris Brownlie. In 1990, AIDS Hospice Foundation officially changed its name to AIDS Healthcare Foundation in response to a growing need for ongoing medical care for its patients.