I'm here as a supporter and friend. I've been an HIV/AIDS activist since I was a teenager, first volunteering for The NAMES Project back in the early nineties, followed by volunteering at ActionAIDS in Philly, and my most recent volunteer work with Infinite Family (online video mentoring for kids orphaned in South Africa).
I guess I started all this when my mom explained to me as a kid in the 80's the stigma and fear associated with HIV+ people. I kind of couldn't understand that as a kid (why would you have to be ashamed to have an illness?)... I guess I still don't understand it as an adult. I'm glad these stigmas are slowly fading.... though not fast enough!
It's amazing, though, when you set out to help someone else, how they end up helping you more. The friends I've made, the clients I've worked with and the kids I've mentored have absolutely shown me the meaning of resilience, dedication, and making the best out of life. In the end, we are all here to do the same thing - to live the best life we can!
I'm honored to be here and to add my name to the number of supporters on this page. Nice to meet you all!
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