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The American Foundation for AIDS Research was started in the early 1980s by a group of researchers and scientists in New York and Los Angeles. The two groups merged in 1985 to create the American Foundation of AIDS Research. The foundation has since become an international organization that dedicates itself to AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy for AIDS-related public policy. The organization’s research has lead to the development of three classes of antiretroviral drugs, drugs to prevent mother-to-child transmission, and have supported young researchers in establishing their careers in AIDS research. Numerous people, including celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg and Anna Wintour, have supported the organization.