Published November 13, 2017
The eighth annual POZ 100 list is dedicated this year to celebrating women. In the United States, women represent about a quarter of people living with HIV. The theme of this year’s POZ 100 arose from the need to better spotlight the contribution of women in the fight against the virus. This year, two Indiana advocates were recognized for their work in the HIV field:
Dr. Foote is a long-term survivor who turned her HIV diagnosis into her life’s work. She currently carries out her mission of reducing stigma for those living with HIV by chairing the HIV Modernization Movement-Indiana, a coalition that seeks to modernize HIV criminalization laws based on current science, and is actively involved with the “Undetectable = Untransmissable” (U=U) campaign.
Paige and her mother were diagnosed with HIV just before her third birthday. Paige became the youngest certified HIV/AIDS educator with the American Red Cross when she was 14, and over the last ten years has written a book about her journey with HIV (Positive: A Memoir) while travelling the world to educate young adults about HIV/AIDS and advocate against bullying.
Congratulations to Dr. Foote and Paige on their recognition in the POZ 100 list!