Not long ago, AIDS was a death sentence. There’s still no cure, but various anti-retroviral medications mean that people with HIV/AIDS can live long and relatively normal lives, provided they have access to quality treatment.

The 30 people known to be living with HIV or AIDS in the Virgin Islands do have access to that treatment, thanks in part to the HIV-AIDS Foundation, which raised approximately $20,000 at a fundraiser Friday, said Dr. Ronald McAnaney, the foundation’s chairman.

About 200 people attended the cocktail reception fundraiser at the Government House, which featured live music and live and silent auctions of about 70 different items ranging from jewellery and art to stays in area resorts.

“It was very lively, definitely a successful event,” Dr. McAnaney said.

The full article appears in the March 3, 2011 issue.