Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake celebrated those who have defied the odds by living with HIV for decades Friday.
More than half of all the people living in the U.S. with HIV are over the age of 50.
The longest term survivors are those who acquired HIV before 1996. At the time, they faced different medical issues and after decades of planning and research, they've seen the positive results that have changed their lives.
Last Sunday was HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day.
City Hall's dome was lit red in honor of Baltimore's long-term survivors and to bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.