Positive Action was created in 1992 as the first pharmaceutical company programme to support communities affected by HIV and AIDS. ViiV Healthcare is proud to continue the Positive Action programme and its valuable work with these communities.

Positive Action works with those communities most vulnerable to HIV disease, including youth, girls and women, sex workers, gay men, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, injecting drug users (IDU), the homeless and the incarcerated.

The programme targets its funds towards projects that fulfil one or more of these criteria:

  • Delivering greater and meaningful involvement of people living with HIV
  • Building capacity in grassroots communities
  • Preventing HIV
  • Tackling stigma and discrimination, and
  • Testing innovations in education, care and treatment

Our projects range across education, prevention, care and treatment-related activity such as treatment literacy and community/clinical engagement. We also fund action research into how these areas can be improved.

Learn more about the ViiV Healthcare Effect and some of the projects we support.


We regularly host interactive webinars (conference calls with accompanying slides) with network members working in community-based organisations from our Positive Action Southern Initiative. These community experts have on the ground, real life experiences dealing with the most vulnerable populations in the region, addressing issues that include homophobia, poverty, rural isolation, homelessness, incarceration, lack of access to affordable health care, substance abuse and mental health challenges that are pervasive barriers to care for patients living in the South.

These calls are sponsored by our Positive Action programme in collaborations with our Positive Action Southern Initiative network member organisations.  The webinars are usually focused on a specific topic supported by ViiV Healthcare or of interest to our members, and are intended to share practical expertise and lessons learned through the Southern Initiative to help our Positive Action partners build their skills and organizational capacity.

Webinar title
Time & Date / Links to previous presentations
Michael Joyner, ViiV Healthcare, Chelsea White, RAIN, Cindy Watson, JASMYN, Amelia Korangy, TCC Group
Culture and Connections: Linking HIV+ Youth in the South
Michael Joyner, Lisa Diane White, Stephanie Laster, SisterLove, Robin Lewy, Natalie Davis, Rural Women's Health Project, Amelia Korangy, TCC Group.
Empowerment and Cultural Change: Engaging Women with HIV and Using Narrative to Improve Care and Challenge Stigma