AIDS at 30: Views From the Community -- David Phillips
By Candace Y.A. Montague
May 31, 2011
On June 5, 2011, the AIDS community will recognize 30 years since the publication of the report from the Centers for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report noting pneumocystis pneumonia found in a cluster of gay men in Los Angeles. Years later, we are now facing and fighting a virus that has claimed more than a million lives around the world. This week, I will highlight a few Washingtonians who have witnessed or experienced the devastation and lived to tell about it.
First guest is David Phillips, an IT technician who has been living with HIV since September 4, 1982. David describes himself as "Living with HIV 28+ years. Ace Human Lab Rat." David says we are using the wrong language to talk about this virus and it's not helping us overcome it at all.
Feel free to post your comments about David's post and the language of this disease.
Be on the look out for more entries about AIDS at 30 this week.
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Candace Y.A. Montague
Candace Y.A. Montague has been learning about HIV since 1988 (and she has the certificates from the American Red Cross to prove it). Health is a high priority to Candace because she believes that nothing can come of your life if you're not healthy enough to enjoy it. One of her two master's degrees is in Community Health Promotion and Education. Candace was inspired to act against HIV after seeing a documentary in 2008 about African-American women and HIV. She knew that writing was the best way for her to make a difference and help inform others. Candace is a native Washingtonian and covers HIV news all around D.C. She has covered fundraisers, motorcycle rides, town hall meetings, house balls, Capitol Hill press conferences, election campaigns and protests for The DC Examiner.com and emPower News Magazine.
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