The POZ 100 debuted in 2010. In hopes of supporting the work of HIV/AIDS advocates, POZ spotlighted 100 longtime warriors in the fight against the virus. We wanted to honor their service and provide them with recognition to inspire them to carry on.
The list has a slightly different focus each year, such as youth or long-term survivors. It also varies from having only HIV-positive people to sometimes including HIV-negative allies. Despite those differences, the idea remains the same—thanking those in the HIV/AIDS struggle for their work.
POZ is a mirror for the community, so we wanted to reflect back on all the efforts being made by so many. Some honorees were well known, but many of them were only known to their local communities before being nationally recognized. No list is ever definitive, but we’ve done our best to make each POZ 100 list representative of the epidemic.
Here are our most recent POZ 100 lists:
Celebrating HIV-positive individuals who are 50 and over and fighting HIV/AIDS
Spotlighting HIV-positive and HIV-negative women who are fighting HIV/AIDS
We focus on a geographic region: the South.
Long-term survivors living with HIV/AIDS making a difference in the fight against the virus.
Youth under the age of 30, both positive and negative, taking a stand against HIV/AIDS.
Unsung heroes in the fight against AIDS who also live with HIV.
Recognizing advocates, both positive and negative, accelerating the end of AIDS.
Celebrating 100 people (both positive and negative), things and ideas that improved how we tackle HIV.
Heavyweights in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the United States, both positive and negative.