July 23, 2013
Mondo Guerra, Project Runway All-Stars winner and season-eight runner-up, visited 9News in Colorado last week to talk about his new fashion line and HIV work.
In the interview, he talks about his advocacy through Project I Design, which focuses on getting people living with HIV to have an open dialogue with their doctors about choosing the right treatment regimen.
"[For] people that are affected or who might be at risk for HIV, it's really important to have that open dialogue. It really is about a journey. You have to be proactive in your healthy life," Guerra said.
When asked about gay marriage being legalized in the United Kingdom and the two U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage last month, Guerra said, "I think this was a huge movement forward for the LGBT community, but I think there's so much more work to really achieve. I think it's really about sharing stories and having conversations and really pushing forward."
Guerra sees his design work and HIV advocacy going hand in hand and remains thankful for all the support. "Coming off the show [Project Runway], it was really important for me to continue the conversation, especially after revealing my HIV-positive status," he explained. "I'm really trying to figure out how I can have a little crossover, because I think ... traveling and speaking with people that are affected with HIV has really fulfilled my life and really encouraged me to be more proactive in my own healthy life. They've supported me as much as I feel I might be supporting them."
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Warren Tong is the research editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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