In 2007, it was estimated that almost 600,000 people were living with HIV in the country, with no knowledge of their serological status.
The state of São Paulo has a concentration of 42.3 percent of the cases of AIDS in Brazil, and the city of São Paulo has the largest number of cases.
FXB in action
Started in 1989, the FXB Houses offered Tender Loving Care to children who were orphaned, HIV-infected of suffering from AIDS, on the premise that they will have a better and a longer life if they are living into a family environment that cares for them.
FXB Houses offered very much more than medical care. The majority of the babies, children and adolescents were orphans or have been abandoned and could not rely on receiving support and love from their parents. FXB House was their Home and team members had all medical and human skills necessary for their well-being.
FXB has put this concept of Tender Loving Care into practice through FXB Houses in Colombia, Brazil, the United States and Thailand.
The FXB House in Campo Limpo
In 1994, the year FXB House opened in Campo Limpo, Brazil is the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South America and the city of São Paulo has the highest number of cases. FXB was one of the few NGOs operating in this sector.
The FXB House in Campo Limpo was at the time a significant statement in the fight against stigma and discrimination against people infected with HIV and an alternative for access to palliative care for young patients. In addition, many children from the surrounding community came to the FXB House for informal education.