The U.S. South is the epicenter of the national HIV and AIDS epidemic. 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, and unequal access to insurance and care. All of these issues, in turn, pose significant obstacles to accessing treatment and support for HIV and AIDS.

This confluence of barriers and obstacles is exemplified by the rates of HIV and AIDS in the region: The South is home to 44% of all people living with HIV and AIDS in the U.S. In some Southern states, those living with HIV are three times as likely to die. Yet, annually, the region receives only a small portion of federal and state funding and less than a quarter of total HIV-related philanthropy for the U.S. – amounting to only $55 per person living with HIV in the South as compared to $146 nationally.

Private funders are acting to foster change

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. Through coordinated investment, the Fund will:

  • Catalyze a demonstrable increase in both leadership and collaboration across the region, creating a robust pipeline of leaders for today and the future;
  • Engage and support the remarkable leaders of the social justice movements to help strengthen and lead the fight; and
  • Foster a community of learning, to deepen relationships between communities and donors, that will sustain this effort over time.

Managed by AIDS United, the Southern HIV Impact Fund incorporates HIV into a broader, integrated movement for social justice and seeks to positively impact the social determinants of health in the region. Importantly, this work will be led by organizations representing the communities most affected in the South.

You Can Make a Difference. If your funding focuses on health, poverty alleviation, LGBTQ rights, or other social justice issues, the same communities you support are also affected by HIV. This is an opportunity to quickly and strategically increase your impact, and deepen your organization’s leadership in the South.

To get started, contact:

Funders Concerned About AIDS
John Barnes, Executive Director,

AIDS United, Manager of the Southern HIV Impact Fund
Valerie Rochester, Vice President of Program Strategy,
Liam Cabal, Senior Program Manager,