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Viva Mi Gente!: 12 Latino Celebrities and Characters Who Thrust HIV/AIDS Into Popular Culture

May 15, 2013


Mondo Guerra

Mondo Guerra

Mondo Guerra is among the breakout stars from the reality competition program Project Runway. A Mexican-American fashion designer and gay man from Denver, he was one of the finalists of the show's eighth season, in 2010. He revealed his status during the 10th challenge, and disclosed that he had kept his status a secret for 10 years. Guerra went on to win the All-Stars edition of the show in 2012.

Since Runway, Mondo has become a prominent HIV/AIDS advocate and activist. Working with pharmaceutical company Merck, Guerra started a campaign called "Project I Design," which encourages people living with HIV to work with their doctors to tailor their individual treatment plans. He unveiled a special one-of-a-kind dress on World AIDS Day 2012 that was inspired by people's messages at the 2012 United States Conference on AIDS. Mondo Guerra continues to design, to live an openly positive life, and to advocate for HIV-positive people.

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Comment by: Yaeger Fri., Jul. 31, 2015 at 12:11 am EDT
Oh my how things have really changed, that it has become almost fashionable to be hiv positive. I remember when the disease first came to be, and where I was when I heard about this unknown disease, where it seemed that many people were dying around me.Was I scared of course who was not. But as some people I knew were passing over with this disease I still went to see them in the hospitals as often as I could. I think they really appreciated that about me, that fear never stopped me from going to see my friends, and associates on the bus. Therefore, I treated them the way I would have wanted to have been treated. But I really thought by now there would be a cure for the disease.
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Comment by: Anonymous Sat., Jul. 11, 2015 at 8:19 am EDT
Hola me hize la prueba hace dos crmanas pero me comenzo el sangrado despues paro y ahora otra ves tengo un poco de dolor en la caders y un poco enfrente y me hago la prueba muchas veces mas y sale positiva no se que hacer
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Comment by: Miguel (El Centro Ca,) Sat., Jul. 12, 2014 at 10:57 am EDT
I am 52 years old and want to find a woman who is HIV positive. Recommend places to contact me. Thank you
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Comment by: OhioMan (Alliance, Ohio) Wed., Jun. 19, 2013 at 11:20 am EDT
I recall Pedro quite well...I was living in Los Angeles at the time and HIV was so new and scary. Pedro was an Idol to us all and helped to explain this horrible illness...Thanks Pedro..
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Comment by: Marta L. (richmond va) Sun., May. 26, 2013 at 12:23 am EDT
my soul can take it it is my body that fails me some times I am 63 years old and hope to live some more don't know how many more. I fell very happy and some times so sad is all part of the prossees . learn to take it one day at a time.
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