Livingston United Methodist Church is hosting "Just Save One, Ohio," an educational forum and fundraiser on HIV/AIDS.

Livingston United Methodist Church is hosting "Just Save One, Ohio," an educational forum and fundraiser on HIV/AIDS.

"We just want to give a big, powerful message that AIDS is not over," said Linda Bales Todd, co-chairwoman of the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund.

The event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the church, 200 E. Livingston Ave. in German Village.

There is no admission charge for the forum but registration is required by Saturday, Sept. 5, at westohioumc.org. Food and beverages will be served.

A panel of nine speakers, eight of whom are associated with the United Methodist Church, will speak about a broad range of topics related to global AIDS infections, care and prevention.

A speaker from the Ohio Department of Health also will share information.

Each day, 900 babies -- mostly in developing countries -- are born with HIV. Todd said the transmission is largely preventable with modern anti-retroviral medication, which costs about $10.

However, additional treatment is required for mothers with HIV/AIDS.

"There are still millions with no access to care, mothers without access to care or assistance," Todd said.

In fact, there are an estimated 35 million people worldwide --19,000 of whom live in Ohio -- infected with HIV, she said.

The United Methodist Global Aids Fund, founded in 2004, has spent $3.5 million supporting 284 projects in 44 countries, Todd said.

However, over the last two years the fund has narrowed its focus internationally to funding programs that prevent transmission of HIV to babies, she said.

Todd said 25 percent of the money raised at the Sept. 9 event will stay in Ohio.

The Rev. Jim Donnan, pastor of Livingston United Methodist Church, said the church welcomes the chance to host the discussion.

"It fits into our outreach ministry, being inclusive and open to all, including the LGBT community," Donnan said.

"And AIDS has been a major point of emphasis for that community," he said.

"I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for collaboration between Livingston church and our denomination's outreach to those who are suffering from AIDS."