Age Positively

Age Positively

Those who experienced the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic remember the generation we lost and the enduring impact that has had on our community. 

Since then, we’ve made tremendous progress. This is the first time in American history when nearly 50% of people living with HIV are over the age of 50. Their stories are an inspiring and powerful reminder of the heroic efforts that have made these advancements possible.

 It’s now expected that by 2030, up to 70% of people living with HIV will be over the age of 50. Among some communities, a majority of older adults living with HIV believe people feel uncomfortable around them, and individuals who feel stigmatized are over four times more likely to report poor access to care. This is an under-examined, underappreciated and underfunded public health issue demanding urgent attention.  

Ending the HIV epidemic — and improving and extending the lives of those living with HIV — has been Gilead’s mission for more than 30 years. Through the HIV Age Positively initiative, we aim to shine a bright new light on individuals aging with HIV: the challenges they face, the resources they need and the support they deserve. These are their stories, and their triumphs in advocacy.


Content from this campaign

Gilead Sciences Joins Atlantic Live Discussion on Aging with HIV
Gilead Sciences is joining Sage and GMHC for an Atlantic Live discussion on aging with HIV. Watch 'Aging Up' live beginning at 1:55pm ET:
Oct 30, 2019 2:15 PM ET
I Get Hope from Knowing That I Have Purpose: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley on HIV
Hartsel Shirley is a Bishop based in Atlanta, Georgia, who has been involved with HIV advocacy since 2002. He has participated in numerous conferences, panels, and workshops to educate others about aging with HIV and combat the stigma faced by people living with HIV, particularly in the Black community. “Hartsel” has 3 meanings – full of grace, a bright flame, a living marvel....
Sep 20, 2019 12:00 PM ET
HIV is No Longer a Death Sentence: Malcolm Reid
Malcolm Reid is based in Atlanta, Georgia and has been involved with HIV advocacy since 2014. He created THRIVE SS’s group for Black men living with HIV over the age of 50, Silver Lining Project, and works to help participants grapple with aging, PTSD, loss, and stigma while training them in political advocacy. Malcolm is an avid thrill-seeker and rollercoaster enthusiast having...
Sep 19, 2019 3:15 PM ET
"Accept Your Status, and Move Forward..." Sergei Dawson on HIV
Sergei Dawson is a Community Advisory Board Member for HIVE, an APLA Health program for HIV-Elders. He lives in LA County and works to help those aging with HIV accept their status and access the resources that helped save his life. Sergei loves to dance, cook and bake during his free time.    When did you find out you were HIV positive? How has your...
Sep 18, 2019 3:00 PM ET
"Life Gives Me Hope." Rev. Elder Claude Bowen on HIV
Claude Bowen is a Reverend based in Atlanta, Georgia, who has been involved with HIV advocacy for over 35 years. He works with THRIVE SS and found his purpose in service and in educating others on HIV infection, transmission, prevention, and care. In addition to facilitating THRIVE’s emotional wellness group and being one of the authors of THRIVE’s homegrown intervention for...
Sep 18, 2019 11:00 AM ET