Viva Mi Gente!: 12 Latino Celebrities and Characters Who Thrust HIV/AIDS Into Popular Culture
By Mathew Rodriguez From TheBody.com
May 15, 2013
Héctor Lavoe was one of the most well-known Puerto Rican salsa singers. Lavoe is best known for the anthemic "El Cantante," a song that describes what it's like to be el cantante ("the singer") of all the songs, but people fail to recognize the pain behind the music while they're enjoying it.
Lavoe had a long bout with drug addiction, and in 1979 he even sought the help of a high priest of the santería faith to help his recovery. This is documented in the song "Aguanile." Though he briefly recovered, he relapsed following the deaths of his father, son and mother-in-law. After those deaths, and his diagnosis with HIV, Lavoe attempted suicide on June 26, 1988, by jumping off the ninth floor of the Regency Hotel Condado in Puerto Rico. He survived the fall, but his body never recovered. Lavoe died on June 29, 1993, from AIDS complications at a New York City hospital. Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez played Lavoe and his wife Puchi in the film El Cantante in 2007.
Comment by: Yaeger
Fri., Jul. 31, 2015 at 12:11 am UTC
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.
Comment by: Anonymous
Sat., Jul. 11, 2015 at 8:19 am UTC
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
Comment by: OhioMan
Wed., Jun. 19, 2013 at 11:20 am UTC
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..
Comment by: Marta L.
Sun., May. 26, 2013 at 12:23 am UTC
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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