Image of GILEAD HIV Logo

From poetry to presidents:

Shifting Perceptions of HIV
Through Activism and Artistry

Kayla Quimbley Thumbnail

Kayla Quimbley is a poet with a powerful perspective—she was born with HIV. Now, as the youngest member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, she has become a fierce advocate for people who acquired HIV through vertical transmission (passed from mother to child). Kayla spoke on her lived experience in a performance during the Gilead plenary session at USCHA 2023. Kayla is shifting perspectives, challenging the narratives that surround HIV, and showing people what it means to live and thrive with HIV through her artistry. Check out her performance in the video above and learn more about her personal story here to discover how her strength and courage helped her become a champion of HIV advocacy.

Related Content

Back to Top

Join us on social

The information on this site is intended for audiences in the United States only. The content on this site may not apply to non-U.S. audiences as regulatory control, legal requirements, and/or medical practices may vary in other countries.

WHAT WE LIVE FOR, HEALTHYSEXUAL, RADIAN, COMPASS INITIATIVE, HIV AGE POSITIVELY, TRANSCEND, the & Design, GILEAD, and the GILEAD Logo are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc. All other marks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners. © 2023 Gilead Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. US-UNBC-1805 11/23