POSITIVE ACTION SOUTHERN INITIATIVE

Our commitment to expanding linkage to care and engagement support services for people living with HIV in the Southern US.

Man holding bag walking across a bridge Man holding bag walking across a bridge

HIV disproportionately impacts people living in the Southern United States, where there are more people living with and newly diagnosed with HIV than in all other regions combined.1 Since ViiV Healthcare’s beginning, we’ve been committed to addressing the HIV epidemic in the South. Launched in 2010, the Positive Action Southern Initiative (PASI) has ignited organizations’ efforts to expand and enhance community programs that connect people to prevention, treatment and care, with a particular focus on those most often left behind. With more than $7.7 million invested in over 51 organizations, PASI projects have built critical linkages to care and supportive services, infrastructure and leadership for those most impacted by HIV in 13 states across the South. We support organizations that are reaching those most often left behind in the South so that they can expand their work to better link and engage people in HIV prevention and care.

HIV Statistics for communities most disproportionately impact by HIV in the Southern US. HIV Statistics for communities most disproportionately impact by HIV in the Southern US.

Our Response: Thinking Differently To End the Epidemic in the South

The PASI is a unique funding stream focused on supporting community programs that are engaging those typically "out of reach" and left behind – including people who use drugs, young LGBTQ people, people who experience homelessness, live in rural areas, have experienced incarceration, engage in sex work and many others. In the South, these groups experience more stigma and discrimination, more income inequality and less access to the standard of care.4


2021 Positive Action Southern Initiative Grants:

PASI grants support a network of community-based linkage to care and ongoing support services in more than 25 communities across the South. Funding often supports peer navigation, safe spaces, mental health and substance use support services and ongoing networks of empowerment that help connect people living with and affected by HIV to care and support.

Read more about PASI’s recent successes, learnings and insights here.

Southern initiative activity map highlighting 64 communities in the south across 13 states Southern initiative activity map highlighting 64 communities in the south across 13 states

References:

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV in the Southern United States. Centers for Disease Control Issue Brief (2019). Published September 2019. Accessed November 20, 2019.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Surveillance Report 2018; vol. 31. Published May 2020. Accessed May 4, 2021.
  3. McCallaster, C. & Goodrow, G. In the Deep South, Significant Percentages of People Most Impacted by HIV Live Outside Large Urban Areas Demonstrating a Need for Increased Federal Resources. Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at Duke University. Published December 2018. Accessed April 15, 2019.
  4. Becasen, et al. Estimating the prevalence of HIV and sexual behaviors among the US transgender population: A systematic review and meta-analysis, 2006-2017. American Journal of Public Health, 2019; 109(1).

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Through our Positive Action for Latinx Men program, we are committed to developing culturally appropriate and inclusive programming to address rising rates of HIV diagnoses in Latinx gay, bisexual, queer and trans men living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

Through our Positive Action for Youth program, we are committed to supporting innovative solutions and nurturing mentorship programs to help young leaders close gaps in care for HIV and AIDS, especially among young people.