This year we are proud to expand the reach of Positive Action Southern Initiative by including three additional states who are now eligible for funding: Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia. We are also pleased to introduce and issue new funding opportunities for rural innovation projects.
In 2016, the South accounted for more HIV diagnoses than all other regions (Northeast, West and Midwest) combined, representing 52 percent of all HIV and AIDS diagnoses in the U.S.1 ViiV Healthcare is committed to helping address the HIV epidemic in the South. The Positive Action Southern Initiative closes gaps in care for people disproportionately affected by HIV across the South. We support organizations to expand and enhance linkage to care and adherence to treatment projects that serve those most impacted by HIV.
Although the Positive Action Southern Initiative supports all populations living with HIV/AIDS in the South, it prioritizes support for the most impacted populations.
- In the South, more than half (53 percent) of all HIV diagnoses affect Black/African-American populations,1 and more than one-third (37 percent) of Hispanic/Latinx diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. live in the region.2,3
- Women — although there has been a significant decline (40 percent) in new infections between 2005 and 2014 nationwide4 — represent one in four people living with HIV in the U.S., and the majority (56 percent) of all women diagnosed with HIV are in the South.1
- Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) populations in the South are particularly impacted, with Hispanic/Latino MSM HIV diagnosis rates on the rise5 and 60 percent of all Black MSM diagnosed with HIV nationally living in Southern states.6
The Positive Action Southern Initiative also focuses on other key populations, including:
- Transgender people
- Gay and bisexual individuals
- The elderly
- Rural populations
- Those recently incarcerated
- Sex workers
- Injection drug users
In the South, these groups experience more stigma and discrimination, more income inequality and less access to the standard of care.7
For more information about HIV in the South, click here to view our infographic.
Impact to Date
Since 2010, the Positive Action Southern Initiative has:
- Provided $4.3 million in grants to expand and enhance 60 projects
- Reached more than 10,000 people living with HIV in 10 states — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia
- Worked with nearly 34 organizations across the South
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HIV Surveillance Report 2016; vol. 28. Published November 2017. Accessed December 29, 2017.
2. South Region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas.
3. Reif, Susan. “HIV/AIDS in the U.S. Deep South: Trends from 2008-2013.” Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative. Published February 2016. Accessed March 3, 2017.
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HIV Among Women. Published September 26, 2016. Accessed March 3, 2017.
5. Reif, S., Safley, D., McAllaster, C. et al. State of HIV in the US Deep South. J Community Health. Published February 28, 2017. Accessed April 9, 2017.
6. Treatment Action Group (TAG). TAG Expands Its End the Epidemic Campaign to Include Southern States Heavily Impacted by HIV. Published January 30, 2017. Accessed April 9, 2017.
7. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HIV in the Southern United States. CDC Issue Brief (2016). Published May 2016. Accessed March 2, 2017.