My HIV Journey
A Video Blog
I Am Gay, a U.S. Army Veteran, HIV Positive ... and Voting for President ObamaNovember 4, 2012
With the U.S. Presidential election only days away, I will take this moment to encourage you to get out the vote. I am not simply voting as a gay man, or as a veteran or even as a person living with HIV ... I am voting as a person who is encouraged by the path of our country in four years and I believe if given four more years that we will be even stronger!
If You Are HIV Positive and Voting for Mitt Romney ... Would You Like to Share Why?October 30, 2012
I do not know how anyone who is HIV positive could think about voting for Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney does not care about HIV or other pre-existing conditions and he does not care about you. With current laws, I am excluded from coverage of HIV as a pre-existing condition for one year. There are many others just like me and we must stand up and be heard.
Day 497: Getting a Cold With HIVOctober 19, 2012
Many times when you are newly diagnosed there is a tendency to freak out and think that death is near when you get sick. This is not reality. As people who are living with HIV we must learn about our own immune system in order to understand that not everything that makes us sick is related to HIV or AIDS. Sometimes a cold or the flu is just that ... a cold or a flu.
Facing the Past of AddictionOctober 2, 2012
In this video I talk about a moment in which I am reminded of the person that I was when I relapsed on crystal. I have been clean for 265 days and with each day it gets easier. Being in recovery means taking one day at a time. I know that may sound silly to some, but to an addict using one time is too many and a million times is never enough. Keep working the steps ... they work if you work them.
Vote or Die?September 25, 2012
As much as activists get noticed there is something that every person can do that has the potential of changing society: voting! I encourage all of my viewers to register to vote and on November 6, 2012, to let your voice be heard. Stand up and be counted!
Caught on Tape: HIV Discrimination and Ignorance by a Police Officer in MichiganSeptember 19, 2012
Are you kidding me? Another example of the stigma that faces those who are living with HIV. This time it was caught on tape.
The video shows Dearborn Police Officer David Lacey telling Shalandra Jones that she should disclose her HIV-positive status whenever a police officer asks her to step out of a vehicle. He said he was "pissed" that Lacey hadn't disclosed her status before he searched the vehicle ...
A Day With HIV Awareness/Anti-Stigma CampaignSeptember 19, 2012
Whether you are positive or negative, we are all affected by HIV. Take your best shot by taking part in A Day With HIV, the awareness and anti-stigma campaign presented by Positively Aware magazine. On Sept. 21, use your smartphone or digital camera and take a snapshot of an everyday moment in your life. Send your photo and a caption to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos and captions will be posted on www.adaywithhiv.com and select photos will be published in the November/December 2012 issue of Positively Aware.
Eviction of a California LGBT/HIV OrganizationSeptember 5, 2012
Have you heard that recently a California LGBT/HIV organization was evicted out the office that it was leasing and told that it was "spreading disease"? This is appalling. What can we do to help? We can rally behind them and use this as a chance to shine a light on the stigma that those living with HIV/AIDS face as well as LGBT community members.
Day 450: HIV Anti-CriminalizationAugust 29, 2012
In this video I talk about my recent trip to Washington, D.C., as well as my current work toward HIV anti-criminalization efforts, not only in Missouri, but nationally. Also I am working on my workshop that will be presented at MIT on Oct. 20, 2012, for the LGBT Youth Empowerment Conference. If you will be in the Cambridge, Mass., area, please consider checking the conference out.
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My HIV Journey
I am simply a guy who on June 6, 2011, received the news that over 33 million people have received: I am HIV positive. I decided in that split moment to record the journey that I was embarking on so that I might help others as they receive that news.
I am not a doctor and I do not endorse any agenda other than simply living a healthy life. I am an activist and advocate and simply want to make the world a better place. I hold a degree in sociology and psychology. I am a product of the Missouri Foster System and this is one of my main passions, second only to the work I do with HIV/AIDS outreach and prevention.
I embrace a sex-positive model. People are going to have sex; it is a natural part of who we are. However we need to make sure that it is safe. I can be found on weekends throughout St. Louis, Missouri, passing out condoms and safe-sex kits.
Whether in St. Louis, DC or around the nation, I always jump at the chance to help change not only policies to better serve those that need help but to also change the landscape of the society that we live in.
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