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HIV Heroes

Stay tuned this summer to meet our HIV Heroes! Plus is excited to spotlight 10 HIV Heroes leading the HIV/AIDS response in their communities and around the world. Over the course of 4 mini-episodes and 10 written profiles, these inspiring leaders share their trials and triumphs in the ongoing effort to eliminate stigma, improve care, identify new treatment options, modernize laws, and counter misinformation. HIV Heroes is presented by Plus with support by Johnson & Johnson.

HIV Advocate Amplifying the Voices of Women, Girls, and Children

“I feel like everyone is affected by HIV. Either you have a relative, you have a friend, you have a peer…it’s just humanity” says HIV Hero Annah Sango.

HIV Hero: Caleb Orozco Is a Warrior Fighting (and Winning) for Belize’

After securing a monumental victory, this trailblazing LGBTQ+ and HIV advocate is not resting on his laurels.

Drag Queen Fights Against HIV Stigma with Wigs, Makeup and Bops

Jade Elektra creates sassy and joyful music to help spread positive messages to people living with HIV.

HIV Hero and GLAAD Award Winner Spreading Love Across the World

His mother's love and support helped spark an inspiring career in HIV advocacy.

Meet the HIV Hero Who Improved HIV Testing

Dr. Kibirige takes a quick moment to smile for the camera while doing her very important work improving HIV assay tests.

HIV Hero: Founder of Jaringan Equals Indonesia Speaks on HIV Equality

The fearless 52-year-old activist is continuing to spread the message of U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) and eradicate HIV stigma in Indonesia and around the globe.

HIV Advocate, Ciara "Ci Ci" Covin, a Success Story Based on Resilience

Covin battles against deeply-held prejudices about HIV, especially when it comes to women.

HIV Hero: The AIDS/LifeCycler with Legs of Steel and a Heart of Gold

“I see this as a way to take care of my community — a community who, for a long time, have been either marginalized or forgotten.”

HIV Hero: One of South Africa's Leading HIV Activists

Dukashe knows the work to battle HIV ignorance is still ongoing in South Africa, but she’s committed to the fight.

HIV Hero: Dr. Phanuphak Diagnosed Thailand's First Cases of HIV

"Stigma has improved somewhat but there is still a lot [of it] in Thailand. For example, many people with HIV are denied employment".