JASL is the oldest and largest AIDS-focused, human rights, non-governmental organisation. It is dedicated to preserving the dignity and rights of persons living with HIV and AIDS, and those vulnerable to HIV infection; and to help in the fight against the spread of the epidemic in Jamaica.
In 1991 the organisation was first established as Jamaica AIDS Support (JAS), and was the first NGO specifically responding to HIV. JAS was charged by the Ministry of Health to continue the work among persons living with HIV (PLHIV), men who have sex with men (MSM) and sex workers (SW) as trust had been established through the provision of a stigma free zone in which everyone could access testing, counselling and treatment irrespective of sexual orientation, gender, race, occupation, colour, class economic status or religion. The agency opened “Life”, an AIDS Hospice which provided treatment and care for PLHIV from 1992 – 1997 when individuals were able to source acceptable treatment at clinics and hospitals island-wide.
JASL today operates three Chapters across the island, and has expanded its programmes further to include and meet the needs of the hearing impaired (HI), orphan and vulnerable children (OVC), key groups of women affected by violence in the context of HIV and Transgender persons.