Celebrity Icons of HIV Activism

Celebrities have a power that the rest of us can only dream about: The power of reaching millions of people with their voices. While some celebrities are content to use their influence to boost their own fame, others are lending their voices to important causes.


Many celebrities are vocal advocates of HIV awareness. Some have championed this cause for decades, beginning with the epidemic in the 1980s. Others have lent their support more recently. All of them are valuable allies. Today, we’re honoring a few of the celebrities who are doing their part to boost the signal for HIV awareness:

  • Madonna has been a vocal supporter of HIV awareness since 1989, when she and her HIV-positive dance teacher teamed up for a Dance-a-Thon fundraiser for AIDS Project LA. Since then, her organization Raising Malawi has worked to provide HIV advocacy in Africa and worldwide.
  • Alicia Keys is no stranger to HIV awareness. Her organization Keep a Child Alive is focused on young HIV patients in Africa. But she’s also become a voice for women with AIDS in America thanks to her partnership with GreaterThan.org and their EMPOWERED Project.
  • Sir Elton John is one of the most outspoken advocates of LGBTQ issues, and he’s supported HIV awareness for decades. He founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992, an organization that has raised over $300 million for education, prevention and support.


Of course, these are just a handful of the many people who have lent their support and passion to the cause. We hope that their actions will continue to inspire others to stand up for HIV education and activism. Together, we can all help to bring much-needed awareness to this disease.