HIV 101

HIV Basics

Great allyship starts with education. When trying to learn more about HIV it is crucial to get the information from trusted sources such as the CDC. The resources below will give you a better understanding of the basics of HIV including who is at risk of HIV.

Learn the basics about HIV to keep you healthy and prevent transmission.
HIV 101/VIH 101 Info Sheet
How is HIV Transmitted
How Can You Tell If You Have HIV
Who Is at Risk for HIV

HIV In Our Communities

The HIV pandemic has been raging on for more than 40 years now, and it does not affect everyone equally. Through the years the HIV pandemic has disproportionally affected black and brown communities both globally and here in the United States. According to UNIAIDS data from 2020, there are 38 million people living with HIV in the world, of that 38 million 67% live in African countries. Domestically 40% of all people living with HIV are Black and 23% are Hispanic/Latinx, despite them only accounting for 13% and 18% of the population respectively.

Learn more about the impact of HIV on our communities of color locally and abroad.
Global HIV/AIDS Statistics
HIV/AIDS Impact on Communities of Color
New York Times Article about HIV in the Rural South
Southern AIDS Coalition

Ending the HIV Epidemic

Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) is a bold plan announced in 2019 that aims to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030. Agencies across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) developed an operational plan to pursue that goal accompanied by a request for additional resources that were provided by Congress. What this means for advocacy organizations is that money will be flowing into the community and it is up to us to ensure those resources are used to help those that are most affected by the epidemic.

Check out the resources below to find out more about Ending the HIV Epidemic and ways to get involved in the decision making process.

What is Ending The HIV Epidemic?
Central Florida HIV Planning Council
Broward County HIV Planning Council
Miami-Dade HIV Planning Council

Recommended Reading

Knowledge is power and nothing is more powerful than lived experience that is beautifully shared on the page. The following books are recommended reading that will help you understand the context of the epidemic and how living with HIV has changed through the years.

And The Band Played On

Sometime My Heart Goes Numb

You’re the First One I’ve Told: The Faces of HIV in the Deep South

Quiérete Mucho Maricon

To Make the Wounded Whole: The African American Struggle against HIV/AIDS (Justice, Power, and Politics)

HIV Stigma

The social construction of HIV/AIDS in the United States has made it among the most stigmatizing medical conditions in modern history. AIDS is viewed as much more than a transmissible and lethal disease.

The Five dimensions of Stigma are as follows and they create what is know as the stigma cycle.

  •  Labeling
  •  Negative Attribution
  •  Status Loss
  •  Separation
  •  Controllability

Know how to talk about HIV and those living with HIV through this HIV Stigma Language Guide. Share it with your coworkers and staff.