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Positive Action for Youth

Youth continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV. In 2013, 60,900 young people aged 13 to 24 were living with HIV, with only half aware of their status.1

Youth living with HIV have also shown to have gaps in care due to their lack of knowledge and skills of how to navigate through the HIV care continuum.2 At the end of 2012, only about half of young people were retained in care.2

At ViiV Healthcare, we know there is more to do to help young people living with HIV — many who go undiagnosed, untreated or without access to the care they need.

Building upon our long-standing commitment to young people affected by HIV in the U.S., ViiV Healthcare created our Positive Action for Youth program. This two-year, $1 million grant commitment in U.S. supports mentorship programs for youth aged 13 to 24 living with HIV as they enter and begin to navigate adult care.

The goal of Positive Action for Youth is to fill a critical need to increase and improve mentorship services for youth living with HIV. Mentorship is recognized as an effective strategy to help young people living with HIV build the self-management skills needed to successfully enter and stay in adult care at the point in time they are most likely to fall out of care.3,4 Click here to learn more about how mentorship builds skills for young people living with HIV.

Positive Action for Youth provides grant funding to:

  • Design new or expand existing mentorship programs that support youth living with HIV to successfully enter adult care.
  • Lead the design and facilitate the development of a toolkit and guide of best practices for mentoring youth based on learnings from across the program.

2017 Positive Action for Youth Grantees

On August 10, 2017, we proudly announced the Positive Action for Youth grantees.

To learn about Positive Action for Youth grantee announcement, click here.


1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Monitoring Selected National HIV Prevention and Care Objectives by Using HIV Surveillance Data — United States and 6 Dependent Areas — 2014. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report 2016; 21(4). Published July 2016. Accessed March 21, 2017.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HIV Among Youth. Updated April 7, 2017. Accessed May 30, 2017.

3. Heisler, Michele. Building Peer Support Programs to Manage Chronic Disease: Seven Models for Success. Published December 2006. Accessed March 7, 2017.

4. Greifinger, Rena. Improving Engagement and Retention in Adult Care Settings for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth Living with HIV.Published May 2012. Accessed March 7, 2017.  

Website images are not intended to imply that the models pictured have HIV.