Our Work in HIV

Since the first HIV products became available nearly three decades ago, we have worked to expand access to our medicines, build healthcare infrastructure, and address health and development challenges around the world.

IN THE U.S.

MILLION

An estimated 1.1 million people in the U.S. were living with HIV at the end of 2015.

1 in 7 people living with HIV did not know it.

Approximately 36.7 MILLIONpeople were living with HIV worldwide at the end of 2016

Approximately 1.8 MILLION people globally became newly infected with HIV in 2016

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It is estimated that currently only 70 percent of people with HIV know their status around the world

OUR 30-YEAR COMMITMENT TO HIV/AIDS

In the mid-1980s, Merck began its clinical HIV research in response to what the company perceived as a potential epidemic – our scientists were among the first to discover and develop medicines for the treatment of HIV. Today, a future where HIV/AIDS can be a manageable illness is closer, in part, because of Merck’s response to the crisis.

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IT TAKES A MULTIFACETED APPROACH TO IMPROVE ACCESS

We continue to explore ways to enhance access to our HIV medicines, particularly in the developing world, and through partnerships that seek to strengthen health systems to better deliver prevention and treatment services. Clearly, the need is too great for any one stakeholder to address, requiring coordinated efforts among many. We are committed to working with governments, donors, innovative and generic manufacturers, multilateral organizations and civil society to address the full range of factors affecting access.

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Living with HIV

I’m sorry to tell you this…you’ve tested positive for HIV.

The year was 1995, but Merck HIV Community Liaison Catherine Elliott remembers it as though it happened yesterday.

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Putting HIV Into
Perspective

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