September 7, 2018
Written by Gilead
The Southern U.S. faces a growing epidemic of HIV/AIDS. Despite being home to only 38 percent of the country’s population, Southern states experienced 52 percent of new HIV infections in 2017. Similar to other societal disparities—including poverty, housing stability and food security —the epidemic represents a complex challenge that requires a variety of community-based solutions, particularly in the South.
In 2017, Gilead launched its COMPASS (COMmitment to Partnership in Addressing HIV/AIDS in Southern States) Initiative, a 10- year, $100 million partnership with community-based organizations working to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southern United States.