For our second POZ 100 list, we celebrated 100 people, things and ideas that reinvented or improved how we tackle HIV. The idea to depart from spotlighting only people was inspired in part by one of the biggest headlines in AIDS history.

Earlier that year, it was revealed that the first person cured of HIV was Timothy Ray Brown, a man known as “the Berlin Patient.” In fact, POZ featured him on the June 2011 cover.

Further, in addition to fresh hope in the fields of cure and vaccine research, it was also shown that treatment works as prevention. Global health experts were saying that the correct application of our resources could start to end the HIV epidemic.

The trick was to capitalize on that amazing progress, parlaying science into policy and turning optimism into cash to improve the lives of people living with HIV. Our contribution to that effort in 2011 was to depart from honoring only people to also highlighting organizations and concepts that we believed deserved attention.

The survival of people living with HIV has always depended on a one-two punch: leadership from the top and from the grassroots level. As a result, the 2011 POZ 100 list included celebrities and people involved in government and global efforts as well as folks who were fighting in the trenches, acting as essential thorns in the side of the establishment, working as watchdogs, wielding the press to expose corruption and serving as role models. They proved that a single soul can change the world.

Catching Up With... 

Michelle Braxton

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Michelle Braxton

Why do you advocate for people living with HIV?

I advocate for my community because living with HIV is not a death sentence. I have been living with HIV for 29 years. If you are informed and get tested and treated for HIV, you can live a fulfilling life.

Jack Mackenroth

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Jack Mackenroth

How do you empower others?

I try to take away the fear. There is a lot of misinformation dispensed globally. I try to keep it simple: Get tested, and confirm your HIV status; get on antiretrovirals as soon as possible, and take them as prescribed; get your CD4 cell count up and your viral load undetectable so you can’t transmit it to other people (#UequalsU); and resume your normal life.

Edwin Bernard

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Edwin Bernard

What advice do you have for people doing HIV advocacy work today?

One person can change the world, but we can achieve even more when we work together and when our work is adequately funded.

2011 Medical Milestone

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The HPTN 052 study found that taking antiretrovirals reduces the risk of transmitting HIV through vaginal sex by 96%, launching the treatment-as prevention era.

The 2011 POZ 100

“15 by 2015” 


AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA)

The Ali Forney Center 

Alpha Workshops 

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research 

APICHA’s Transgender Clinic 

AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) 

B Condoms 

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi 

Beauty Queens with a Conscience

Edwin Bernard 

Susan Blumenthal 

Bob Bowers 

Michelle Braxton 

Governor Jerry Brown  

Timothy Ray Brown 

The Reverend Calvin O. Butts III 

The Cabinet 

Jim Campbell 

Catholics for Choice 

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

Chris Collins

Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus 

Jeffrey Crowley 

JD Davids 

Joe De Capua 

The Denver Principles 

Desert AIDS Project

Ambassador Mark Dybul 

Wafaa El-Sadr 

Kenyon Farrow 

Anthony Fauci 

Kevin Fenton 

Dab Garner 

A Grassroots History of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in North America

Robert Greenwald 

Hairdressers Against AIDS 

Harm Reduction Coalition 

Mark Harrington 

Health Gap 

Health HIV

Todd Heywood 

Kathie Hiers 

Marjorie Hill 

The HIV Law Project 

The HIV Story Project 

James Houston 

The International AIDS Conference 

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative 

In the Life 

I Stay Healthy 

La Toya Jackson 

Sir Elton John 

Sheila Johnson

Paul Kawata 

Michel Kazatchkine 

Alicia Keys 

The Reverend Charles King 

Mark King 

Larry Kramer 

Annie Lennox 

Life Ball 

Jack Mackenroth 

Jordan M.

The Moore Clinic 

David Ernesto Munar 

The NAMES Project Foundation 

The National Black Clergy for the Elimination of HIV/AIDS Act of 2009 

President Barack Obama 

Over-the-Counter Tests 

Michael Petrelis 

Jim Pickett 

Positive Justice Project 

Positive Women’s Network 

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

“Prison Health News” 

The Rachofskys 

Michael Emanuel Rajner 

The Robert James Frascino Foundation 

Carlton Rounds 

Chris Salgardo 

Sangamo BioSciences Inc. 

Kathleen Sebelius  

Michael Sennott  

Matt Sharp 

Michel Sidibé  

Kimberly Smith 

Joseph Sonnabend 

Stop AIDS Project 

Andrew Sullivan 

Dame Elizabeth Taylor 

Sandy Thurman 

Treatment as Prevention 


Court Justice David Wake 

The Well Project 

Phill Wilson 


Click below to read about each year’s list:

Introduction | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | On the Cover | HIV Advocates on HIV Advocacy

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To read the 2015 POZ 100, click here.

To read the 2014 POZ 100, click here.

To read the 2013 POZ 100, click here.
To read the 2012 POZ 100, click here.
To read the 2011 POZ 100, click here.
To read the 2010 POZ 100, click here.