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.


Videos from this campaign

Content from this campaign

Health & Healthcare

4 Questions With Dr. Javier Cortes: The Importance of Scientific Exchange To Advance Breast Cancer
As the oncology community gathers for the ESMO Congress in Paris, we sat down with Javier to learn why scientific exchange and the gathering of researchers is so necessary, both for people living with cancer and for those who work in the field.

Health & Healthcare

Mom Celebrates Sons' Milestones: Julie's CAR T-cell Therapy Journey

Health & Healthcare

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.

Diversity & Inclusion

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.

Events, Media & Communications

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.

Health & Healthcare

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...

Health & Healthcare

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...

Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives

"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.

Health & Healthcare

"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.

Health & Healthcare

Impact Through HIV Advocacy: Nathan Townsend
Nathan Townsend is a singer, songwriter, motivational speaker, creative director, and social advocate based in Fulton County, Georgia. He has been involved with HIV advocacy since 2005 and works with THRIVE SS to support people living with HIV...
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