NEW YORK CITY, November 12, 2018 — POZ magazine, the award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, today announced the annual “POZ 100,” highlighting individuals working to combat HIV/AIDS chosen from nominations by readers.

Our ninth annual list focused on advocates from across the United States living with HIV who are 50 and over. About 50 percent of people living with HIV nationwide are 50 and over, and by 2030 that number is expected to jump to 70 percent.

“Increasingly, issues related to aging are also connected to HIV,” said Oriol Gutierrez, POZ’s editor-in-chief. “As a result, understanding the lives of older people living with the virus is an important part of ending the epidemic,” Gutierrez continued.

“We are proud to spotlight the contributions of people 50 and over in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” Gutierrez said. “This demographic faces unique challenges, but they also have specific experiences to offer the community,” concluded Gutierrez.

Among this year’s list are Moisés Agosto-Rosario, director of treatment at the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC); Brian Carmichael, peer educator at the Elmira Correctional Facility; blogger, author and activist Mark S. King; Chanelle Sessooms, transgender advocate at GMHC; the husband-and-wife team of Eunice and Kalvin Marshall; John Tenorio, executive director of the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center; and Hector Xtravaganza, cofounder of the House of Xtravaganza.

Go to to see this year’s full list.



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