Cutting Edge Medicine and Advocacy Regardless of Ability to Pay

A cutting-edge organization that's helped millions

Beyond its work as a highly effective global AIDS organization, the AHF story also provides a blueprint for every kind of righteous rebel who wants to make the world a better place.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Story

AHF was started by a handful of friends who had no money, lots of grit, and an intense desire to comfort the dying, eventually serving the world's most vulnerable people.
AHF grew into a billion-dollar nonprofit by fearlessly rocking the proverbial boat.
AHF breaks the chains of sickness, stigma, and discrimination, and helps people reclaim their personal freedom.
In addition to battling a lethal disease that's still taking more than one million lives every year, AIDS Healthcare Foundation is fighting a global epidemic of mediocrity and indifference.
The Story of AIDS Healthcare Foundation
With unrestricted insider access, Patrick Range McDonald digs into AHF's history while also following the nonprofit for a year as it clashes with the Obama administration, the state of Nevada, and the World Health Organization.
He interviews key players, including firebrand president Michael Weinstein, and he travels to AHF outposts around the globe -- from Miami to Uganda, Cambodia to Russia, Estonia to South Africa -- to see firsthand the organization's cutting-edge, life-saving work.
McDonald reports back about the current state of the global AIDS epidemic and discovers that AHF is a passionate, smart, and tenacious "people power" organization that brings hope and change to nearly all corners of the world.
Cutting Edge Medicine and Advocacy Regardless of Ability to Pay

A cutting-edge organization that's helped millions

Beyond its work as a highly effective global AIDS organization, the AHF story also provides a blueprint for every kind of righteous rebel who wants to make the world a better place.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Story

AIDS Healthcare Foundation was started by a handful of friends who had no money, lots of grit, and an intense desire to comfort the dying, eventually serving the world's most vulnerable people.
AHF grew into a billion-dollar nonprofit by fearlessly rocking the proverbial boat.
AHF breaks the chains of sickness, stigma, and discrimination, and helps people reclaim their personal freedom.
In addition to battling a lethal disease that's still taking more than one million lives every year, AIDS Healthcare Foundation is fighting a global epidemic of mediocrity and indifference.
The Story of AIDS Healthcare Foundation
With unrestricted insider access, McDonald follows AHF for a year as it clashes with the Obama administration, the state of Nevada, and the World Health Organization.
He interviews key players, including firebrand president Michael Weinstein, and he travels to AHF outposts around the globe -- from Miami to Uganda, Cambodia to Russia, Estonia to South Africa -- to see firsthand the organization's cutting-edge, life-saving work.
McDonald reports back about the current state of the global AIDS epidemic and discovers that AHF is a passionate, smart, and tenacious "people power" organization that brings hope and change to nearly all corners of the world.

Explore the Inspirational World of AHF

Keep The Promise 2016: Durban, South Africa

Keep The Promise 2016: Durban, South Africa

The People's Hope

The People's Hope

AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue: Los Angeles

AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue: Los Angeles

Snapshots of AHF's Bold History

Snapshots of AHF's Bold History


"At AHF, like-minded activists around the world banded together to create a life-saving movement ​ -- and​ became a real-life, global example of 'people power' in action."

-- Righteous Rebels

AHF Timeline – 1986-2015

1986

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

1986

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

1987

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

1988

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

1989

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

1990

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

1990

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

1991

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

1992

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

1995

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

1996

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

1996

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2000

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2000

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2002

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2002

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2003

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2004

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2005

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2006

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2007

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2009

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2010

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2011

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2012

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2013

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2013

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

2015

Twenty-eight years after its founding, AHF hits major milestone, serving more than 500,000 underserved clients around the globe. AHF continues its mission to provide "cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay."

Patrick Range McDonald has won numerous awards, including the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism.

The Author


Patrick Range McDonald was a longtime staff writer at L.A. Weekly, one of the top alternative newspapers in the United States. He won numerous awards, including “Journalist of the Year” from the Los Angeles Press Club, the “Public Service” award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, and the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism.

He was also co-writer of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan’s memoir, "The Mayor: How I Turned Around Los Angeles After Riots, an Earthquake and the O.J. Simpson Murder Trial." The well-received book landed on the New York Times and Los Angeles Times best seller lists.

During his research for "Righteous Rebels," McDonald traveled all over the United States and to 14 countries on five continents, seeing firsthand the invaluable work of AHF and its hard-charging crusade to change the world.