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Positive Action for Latinx Men
ViiV Healthcare is committed to reducing stigma and improving access to care for Latinx gay, bisexual and trans men living with and affected by HIV.
Although major advancements in research and treatment have been made in the past three decades, certain people and communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV. For example, Hispanic/Latino persons comprised only 18 percent of the US population in 20171 yet accounted for 26 percent of new HIV diagnoses.2 And while data show that annual HIV diagnoses have declined in some populations, 30 percent more Latino gay and bisexual men were diagnosed with HIV in 2016 than in 2010.3
Since our inception 10 years ago, ViiV Healthcare has been 100 percent committed to combating, preventing and ultimately curing HIV/AIDS to make sure no person at risk of or living with HIV is left behind. As part of our commitment to support communities most affected by HIV, we have been focused on gathering vital information to inform activity and programming that supports Latinx gay, bisexual and trans men. Our goal is to ensure that this community receives care that reflects the diversity of their identities, challenges, desires, health settings and environments.
In observation of National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) on October 15, we are proud to introduce Positive Action for Latinx Men – a new $500,000 community-giving initiative in support of Latino gay, bisexual and trans men. Launching in early 2020, the initiative will focus on:
- Building and elevating Latinx leadership in the HIV community, locally and nationally, to strengthen unity and mobilize the community to work collectively, lessening the impact that HIV has on men’s lives; and
- Strengthening supportive networks for men to share their ambitions and concerns regarding reaching their health and wellness goals; elevating opportunities to educate around HIV; and connecting men, families, allies and communities.
The focus of this initiative is a direct result of an extensive listening tour conducted in 2018, where we heard from more than 750 men living with and affected by HIV in 11 communities across the US and Puerto Rico. They shared their firsthand experiences around what it means to achieve their health goals, where they go for support, and what fuels their resilience.
In addition to serving as the foundation for our Positive Action for Latinx Men program, these insights will be published in a report in 2020. The formal grant application for community-based organizations interested in receiving support for programs that address the needs of Latinx men living with and affected by HIV will be available in conjunction with the release of this report.
- United States Census Bureau. Hispanic Heritage Month 2018. Published September 13, 2018. Accessed December 3, 2019. Available at: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2018/hispanic-heritage-month.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Prevention for Hispanic / Latino Gay and Bisexual Men. Published October 2018. Accessed December 3, 2019. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/racialethnic/hispaniclatinos/index.html
- 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). Published February 2019. Accessed March 25, 2019. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/library/reports/hiv-surveillance.html.