Siempre Unidos began as the first self-help group for Hondurans living with AIDS in 1999. From its inception, Pascual Torres, an Episcopal priest and lawyer, has served as its Executive Director. Denise Main, MD, is our co-founder. She and her family met Pascual when visiting Honduras soon after Hurricane Mitch struck. Seeing the heavy toll of AIDS, she determined to match Pascual’s effort with a U.S. response.
Siempre Unidos partnered with the Honduran Ministry of Health in November 2003 and became (and remains) the only nongovernmental program authorized to treat people with HIV in the country. We now run 2 clinics in high prevalence areas, San Pedro Sula and Siguatepeque, and partner to operate a part-time clinic on Roatán.