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

4 Questions With Dr. Javier Cortes: The Importance of Scientific Exchange To Advance Breast Cancer
For Dr. Javier Cortes, being a breast cancer researcher isn’t just a profession – it’s a calling. As the head of the International Breast Cancer Center (IBCC) in Madrid and Barcelona, he has made it not only his life’s work but also his personal mission to help improve the lives of the people he treats every day. As the oncology community gathers for the European Society of Medical...
Sep 23, 2022 9:55 AM ET
Mom Celebrates Sons' Milestones: Julie's CAR T-cell Therapy Journey
Julie and her husband Bob were enjoying being empty nesters and getting ready to head on a beach vacation when Julie started feeling sick. A few weeks before the trip, Julie’s symptoms – a dry cough and shortness of breath – got worse, so she went to an urgent care center near their home in Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania. “I was initially diagnosed with walking pneumonia and went on the...
Apr 20, 2022 8:45 AM ET
At the Forefront of HIV Health and Healing in Spain: Ferran's Story
As the founder and director of BCN Checkpoint, a community HIV program geared toward gay men and transgender women in Barcelona, Ferran Pujol has helped provide hope to those living with HIV for nearly 30 years. But for Ferran, the healing he has brought to thousands of others began in a much darker place for him. In...
Apr 6, 2022 10:25 AM ET
Four Questions With Tracey Iraca: Combating Age-Related Disparities in Blood Cancer Treatment
Myelodysplastic syndromes, or MDS, is a rare type of blood cancer primarily affecting people over the age of 65. In fact, it’s such a rare and largely unknown illness that most people living with MDS don’t know anyone else who suffers from it. For Tracey Iraca, Executive Director of the MDS Foundation, a global advocacy organization aimed at providing support and raising awareness of the...
Sep 21, 2021 2:15 PM ET
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