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My Message on the 30th Year of the AIDS Epidemic

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By Kevin Maloney

June 3, 2011

1981 was a happy time in my life. I was 5 years old, and my favorite toys were my Pound Puppy, Glo Worm, and my new bike. This was also the year I started kindergarten, and I still remember my kindergarten teacher Ms. Cambell and learning my ABC's via the "Animal People".


This was also the year I learned to swim, and my Dad taught me how to ride a bike without training wheels. I would play my Atari and Coleco Vision all day, I loved those games Frogger and Donky Kong! I had one of the hottest Hot Wheels around, and a huge collection of Garbage Pail Kids and Matchbox cars. I remember numerous sticker books.

I would play and watch TV all day. I couldn't get enough of Tom and Jerry, Sesame Street, and Mr. Rogers. When it was not my turn to watch TV I would watch MASH with my Father and General Hospital with my Mom -- I remember the ever famous Luke and Laura wedding on General Hospital.

I looked forward to sleep overs at my cousins on the weekends, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, MJ on MTV, Saturday morning bowling with my Mom and Dad, and nearly daily shopping trips to the mall with my Mother.

As a child growing up in the '80s I was definitely the epitome of a Toys R Us Kid. I was oblivious to what was happening in the big World around me. Aren't we all at that age? My Parents did a good job at shielding me from all the sorrow and negativity that was going on in the World. All the while, my parents, hoping my future would only know joy and happiness.

As I was turning 5 and continued growing up in the '80s; AIDS began to rear its ugly head and spread with vengeance ...

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: George (Montreal, QC) Thu., Jun. 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm UTC
I enjoyed your video blog. Sorry to read about your personal diagnosis of HIV and Hep C. Thanks for helping keep hope alive.....It will be 25 yrs. at the end of this month since my HIV dignosis and doing pretty well. I do believe that you will be there for the cure, just believe and take care of yourself.
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Rising Up and Speaking Out About HIV and Hepatitis C

Kevin Maloney

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Random things about me: I am kind, caring, respectful and wanting to make a difference/impact in the World. I've been to Australia, New Zealand and 13 countries in Europe, and have traveled and lived all over the United States. I have a Bachelor's degree in Health Services Management and will be working towards my Master's In Public Health. I am an uncle of two of the MOST adorable girls in the World, and have one brother. I am a Momma's boy, and it is hard to see my mother's health in such a deteriorated state -- she has severe COPD (from 40 years of smoking). In March 2010 I was told that I have HIV and a month later, with follow-up labs, was then told I also acquired hepatitis C (not through IV drug use). I aspire to great things. Stay tuned.

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