Paul, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Condoms and Materials Unit; Brooklyn, N.Y. / Barbados
I may look at it from a different view: What do I think the HIV community will bring for 2012? Regardless of the year, I think that really makes more much of a difference. And I think we really need to act as a community in regards to this disease.
I think we'll go a long way moving forward. It's going to be very hard because, as we all know, the budgets of a lot of programs are getting cut. Even in the Department of Health, and in many places, we're asked to do a lot with less. I don't really see that as a big deal because, yes, you have to get paid, but I think a lot of the work that needs to be done is strictly coming from people's hearts.
You go to certain events and you see the same people there. It's kind of heartbreaking because the people that really need information are not there. It's like you're singing to the choir. We need to incorporate those that really need the information into it. We need to get back into the schools. We need to get back out there in the communities. We need to have a lot more health fairs. We need to get into the clinics and the shelters, and get that information out there.