"...and I will be able to exuberantly live out that purpose.”
Hartsel Shirley is a Bishop based in Atlanta, Georgia, who has been involved with HIV advocacy since 2002. He has participated in numerous conferences, panels, and workshops to educate others about aging with HIV and combat the stigma faced by people living with HIV, particularly in the Black community. “Hartsel” has 3 meanings – full of grace, a bright flame, a living marvel.
“I believe when people see me and my husband, out in the community, living, thriving, doing the work; they will understand that HIV is no longer a death sentence.”
Malcolm Reid is based in Atlanta, Georgia and has been involved with HIV advocacy since 2014. He created THRIVE SS’s group for Black men living with HIV over the age of 50, Silver Lining Project, and works to help participants grapple with aging, PTSD, loss, and stigma while training them in political advocacy. Malcolm is an avid thrill-seeker and rollercoaster enthusiast having ridden over 50 of the world's fastest.
Sergei Dawson is a Community Advisory Board Member for HIVE, an APLA Health program for HIV-Elders. He lives in LA County and works to help those aging with HIV accept their status and access the resources that helped save his life. Sergei loves to dance, cook and bake during his free time.
“My anger and frustration have been replaced with hope, self-respect and love.”
Claude Bowen is a Reverend based in Atlanta, Georgia, who has been involved with HIV advocacy for over 35 years. He works with THRIVE SS and found his purpose in service and in educating others on HIV infection, transmission, prevention, and care. In addition to facilitating THRIVE’s emotional wellness group and being one of the authors of THRIVE’s homegrown intervention for Black gay men living with HIV over the age of 50, “The Silver Lining Project,” Claude is an avid performer and member of THRIVE SS’ “Clever Collective” of poets, singers and performers.
“Seeing the impact of our efforts through advocacy, as well as the allies and community partners furthering our cause, makes me hopeful for the future.”
Nathan Townsend is a singer, songwriter, motivational speaker, creative director, and social advocate based in Fulton County, Georgia. He has been involved with HIV advocacy since 2005 and works with THRIVE SS to support people living with HIV, using art and music to tell his story and combat the stigma people living with HIV experience. Nathan is a commentator at fashion shows.
In the early 1980s, Cliff Morrison did what no other San Francisco General Hospital staff member had the guts to do: come up with a humane way to treat and care for AIDS patients. We sat down with him to learn more about the life-changing initiative—and how the legacy of Ward 5B lives on.
The human touch.
It seems like such a simple thing, but for San Francisco General Hospital nurses and doctors in the early 1980s, putting their hands on patients suffering from what was known at the time as “gay cancer” was unthinkable.
In the past two decades, incredible progress has been made in the fight against HIV in the United States. Through a steady stream of innovation, more people living with HIV are leading longer, healthier lives. But the work is far from over. According to the CDC, as of 2014, 45 percent of people living with HIV in the U.S. are now 50 years old or older, and by 2020 that percentage is estimated to reach 70 percent.
New Initiative Mobilizes Local Communities to Implement Solutions
FOSTER CITY, Calif., Dec. 4, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- Gilead Sciences, Inc.(NASDAQ:GILD) today announced the launch of the Gilead COMPASS (COMmitment to Partnership in Addressing HIV/AIDS in Southern States) Initiative, a 10-year, $100 million commitment to support organizations working to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southern United States.
FOSTER CITY, Calif., May 2, 2018 /3BL Media/ — Gilead Sciences, Inc. today announced the release of its 2017 Year in Review, composed of its Annual Report and Corporate Social Responsibility report. The Year in Review provides a comprehensive view into the company’s achievements and highlights how it has continued to deliver on its mission to improve the lives of people living with life-threatening diseases.
EJAF has announced new funding initiatives to increase advocacy and service delivery for people living with and at-risk for HIV and hepatitis C.
Funding for the new initiatives will be supported by EJAF and include financial contributions from Gilead Sciences. Gilead will also provide a donation of hepatitis C products to cure 5,000 patients – a critical contribution in a region where up to 97% of people living with HIV are co-infected with hepatitis C.