Kali Lindsey, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, National Minority AIDS Council, Washington, D.C., Diagnosed in 2003
Kali Lindsey, diagnosed at 23, is one of the busiest and hardest working HIV advocates today. In addition to being co-chair of numerous committees, his work at the National Minority AIDS Council includes working with national and regional partners to influence health care reform that will provide better access to care for people, especially black MSM.Show More
He is a strong voice for prevention efforts, and was recently an adviser to the Centers for Disease Control during development of "Testing Makes Us Stronger," a national campaign promoting HIV testing among black gay and bisexual men. Housing is also a major issue that Kali wants to tackle: "We are not going to end the epidemic without addressing access to safe and affordable housing among the poor and people living with HIV or AIDS."
As for what's to come, he says, "My hopes for the future include unprecedented leadership and collaboration between the community, private industry and government to do whatever it takes to end the United States' struggle with this persistent epidemic. We are going to have to assess everything that we are doing and how we are doing it, and be bold."