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Celebrating the Power of Networks on HIV Long-Term Survivors Day

Stories from the community highlight the resilience and strength of people living with HIV or AIDS

At the end of 2016, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that nearly 1.1 million people in the United States were diagnosed and living with HIV.1 Of that population, people aged 55 and over accounted for an estimated 29% of all Americans living with HIV.2

In recognition of HIV Long-term Survivors Day, Marc Meachem, Head of US External Affairs at ViiV Healthcare, spoke with several long-term survivors of HIV about their personal journeys and work in the field. Despite living in different geographies and having their own unique experiences, one topic remained constant: staying connected to support networks helps those who have been living with HIV or AIDS for many years build strength and resilience.

In part one of our discussion, Arianna Lint, CEO – Founder at Arianna’s Center, and Jeff Berry, Director of Publications at TPAN, discuss the importance of building care networks and connecting people living with HIV to them.

Watch the conversation and hear their stories below:

A conversation with Marc Meachem, Arianna Lint and Jeff Berry on HIV Long-Term Survivors Day

In part two of our discussion, Cornelius Baker, Adjunct Lecturer, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and Tranisha Arzah, HIV/STI Tester & Educator, Gay City share their experiences with both professional and personal networks and provide advice on how long-term survivors can get the support they need.

Watch the conversation and hear their stories below:

A conversation with Marc Meachem, Cornelius Baker and Tranisha Arzah on the importance of staying connected to care networks

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2017. HIV Surveillance Report, 2017; vol. 29. Table 22b, page 101. Published November 2018. Accessed November 28, 2018. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/library/reports/surveillance/cdc-hiv-surveillance-report-2017-vol-29.pdf.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Estimated HIV incidence and prevalence in the United States, 2010–2016. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report 2019;24(No. 1). Table 8, page 54. Published February 2019. Accessed August 1, 2019. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/library/reports/surveillance/cdc-hiv-surveillance-supplemental-report-vol-24-1.pdf.