The POZ 100 began in 2010 and was created to shine a spotlight on people making a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Each year’s list has a different focus, such as long-term survivors or youth. This year’s list will celebrate HIV-positive and HIV-negative individuals living and working in the South*.

The early deadline for the 2016 POZ 100 is this Friday, August 5! If you haven’t already submitted a nomination, here are six reasons to consider doing so:

  1. Celebrate Someone Else’s Achievements: Nominating someone for the POZ 100 is a great way to acknowledge the work of another person, whether it’s a co-worker, peer, friend or family member. What better way to give someone the recognition they deserve?
  1. Showcase Your Own Work: Self-nominations are accepted! So why not pat yourself on the back for all your efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS?
  1. Support Your Community Organization: The POZ 100 not only recognizes the work of individuals; it also serves to highlight the work of AIDS service organizations, clinics and other HIV/AIDS agencies.
  1. Increase Awareness: There’s no better way to spread the word about your work (or someone else’s) than being featured in POZ magazine and on We’ll promote the POZ 100 through our social networks and work to get other press outlets to cover it as well.
  1. Champion a Cause: Whether you’re working on HIV-criminalization issues or fighting for better access to PrEP, the POZ 100 honors all types of work being done to combat the epidemic. Make sure your cause is represented in the list.
  1. It’s EASY: Simply go to to complete a nomination. Nominees must submit a hi-res photo and be willing to have their name and photo appear in POZ magazine and on

Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of this year’s POZ 100. Submit a nomination today!

*As defined by the U.S. Census, the South includes Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.