Southern HIV Impact Fund
Bearing an ever-growing burden of the domestic HIV epidemic, the U.S. South has, for some time now, been the epicenter of it. In 2016, Fifty-two percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S. occurred in the South, while the region accounts for just one-third of the nation’s overall population. A group of funders has come together to change that. Join us.
People living in the U.S. South experience tremendous gaps in access to health insurance and care, caused by structural barriers such as poverty, inadequate education, stigma, racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia. These issues, in turn, pose significant obstacles to accessing treatment and support for HIV and AIDS.
Yet, annually, the region receives less than a quarter of total HIV-related philanthropy for the U.S., just $67 per person living with HIV in the South, compared to $181 nationally.
We must dismantle the structural barriers preventing progress against HIV and AIDS in the U.S. South.
Private funders are acting to foster change
In 2017 a group of partners, brought together by Funders Concerned About AIDS and including Gilead Sciences, Ford Foundation, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, ViiV Healthcare and Johnson and Johnson, launched the Southern HIV Impact Fund. The Fund is administered by AIDS United – the nation’s leading organization advocating for a coordinated response to HIV in partnership with community-based groups around the country.