It's Personal

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 that scene as though it happened yesterday.

When I first found out I was HIV positive, I was scared. I was shocked.

But rather than letting the disease defeat her, Catherine immersed herself in learning more about it.

As a result of educating myself about HIV disease, I found that I had a passion for helping others also.


2016 HIV Stats Worldwide


36.7 million

people were living with HIV at the end of 2016


1.8 million

people became newly infected with HIV in 2016

It is estimated that currently only 70% of people with HIV know their status.

Source: World Health Organization