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Aaron Laxton

My HIV Journey


A Day With HIV Awareness/Anti-Stigma Campaign
September 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 photo@adaywithhiv.com. 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.

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Eviction of a California LGBT/HIV Organization
September 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.

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Day 450: HIV Anti-Criminalization
August 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 Name Is Aaron Laxton and I'm HIV Positive
August 24, 2012

My name is Aaron Laxton and I am HIV positive. You have either stumbled upon this video or someone has sent it to you; either way, listen and learn. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV is not spread through casual contact! Living with HIV is stigmatized and so you must make a choice of whether you will love someone who is positive, or will you be an ignorant bigot?

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Interview With Robert Suttle of The Sero Project
August 20, 2012

Interview with Robert Suttle from The Sero Project at the ADAP Association Conference in Washington, D.C.

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My HIV Journey: 13 Months of Videos Following My Diagnosis
August 2012

I am simply a guy who on June 6, 2011, received the news that more than 33 million people have received: I am HIV positive. I decided in that moment to record the journey that I was embarking on so that I might help others as they receive that news. I'm not a doctor and I don't endorse any agenda other than simply living a healthy life.

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International AIDS Conference 2012 Photo Recap
August 11, 2012

Some photos from the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.

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My Tips for HIV Drug Adherence
August 10, 2012

"Compliance and adherence is a must. That's what's going to get you to an undetectable viral load and a healthy CD4 level. ... The things the doctors tell you aren't merely suggestions; they're proven."

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Day 426: Making Videos Is Simpler Than You May Think
August 5, 2012

Aaron talks about why and how he keeps making his videos.

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Day 425: Reality of Stigma
August 4, 2012

As I prepare to move I think about the fact that stigma is everywhere around me. I recently viewed an apartment and something that went through my mind is "What will happen if people find out I am HIV positive". Have you had to deal with stigma because of HIV/AIDS? If so, what was the situation and how did you deal with it?

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My HIV Journey


Aaron Laxton

Aaron Laxton

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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