To celebrate 5 years of Gilead’s COMPASS Initiative®, the organization is uplifting select grantees who are working to address the HIV epidemic in the US South by highlighting stories from the community.
Gilead, which is the leading philanthropic funder of HIV-related programs, has released their “5 Years, 5 Voices” video series.
The series aims to shed light on the personal stories of five individuals who have been positively impacted by COMPASS. COMPASS (COMmitment to Partnership in Addressing HIV in Southern States) is a 10-year initiative dedicating $100+ million to the fight against the HIV epidemic in the Southern United States through partnerships with community-based organizations.
The 5 selected videos demonstrate how grantee programs and COMPASS’s four Coordinating Centers support individuals impacted by HIV, and work alongside their community to fight this epidemic. Watch them below:
Mississippi Delta, Mississippi
Eagle Pass, Texas
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
According to Darwin Thompson, the Director of Public Affairs at Gilead Sciences, “Nearly 500,000 people in the U.S. South are living with HIV, and Black Americans make up 42% of new diagnoses. In Tennessee, Black people account for 58% of new diagnoses. This is unacceptable. We’ve also seen a sharp increase in attacks against the LGBTQ community and other communities at risk of HIV.”
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For more information about Gilead and the COMPASS Initiative®, visit www.gileadcompass.com.