The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation seeks to prevent pediatric HIV infection and to eradicate pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs.
When Elizabeth Glaser contracted HIV in a blood transfusion in 1981 while giving birth to her daughter, Ariel there was no knowledge of pediatric AIDS. She and her husband, Paul, later learned that Elizabeth had unknowingly passed the virus on to Ariel through breast milk and that their son, Jake, had contracted the virus in utero.
Ariel lost her battle with AIDS in 1988. Fearing that Jake's life was also in danger, Elizabeth rose to action. With the help of two dear friends she founded the Pediatric AIDS Foundation to bring hope to children with HIV/AIDS and their families. Upon Elizabeth's passing in 1994 the Foundation was renamed the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
As experienced by the Glaser family first-hand in the late 1980s, drug companies and health agencies had little idea the extent to which HIV was prevalent among children. The only drugs on the market were for adults; nothing had been tested or approved for children.
Today, thanks to breakthrough research and innovative programs aimed to prevent mother-to-child transmission, we are closer than ever before to ending pediatric AIDS. With your help, and working together, we can end pediatric AIDS in this generation.