Like it or not but HIV related stigma can be seen everywhere. From the entertainment industry all the way to our phones. Mobile networking apps, or as I like to call them "FCK or Hookup apps," carry much of the stigma. Many of these companies like Grindr, Scruff, Jack'd, and Adam4Adam do provide ways for AIDS Service Organizations/Community-based organizations to advertise services, and offer a great opportunity to outreach to our community. Many of these applications allow you to share your status, and even note your last testing date if you are positive; however, we are still turned down, blocked, or face ridiculous comments when we disclose our status to people or reach out to them as an openly positive person. So here goes a list of the SHIT IGNORANT GUYS SAY TO POZ GUYS Online:
Patrick Ingram discusses national Black HIV/AIDS awareness day with Miss America 2010, one of the spokespeople for the awareness day.
Patrick Ingram revisits the room in the health department where he was diagnosed three years ago, and reflects on now delivering HIV positive diagnoses to others.
Patrick Ingram turns the camera around and gives voice to some newly diagnosed young gay men of color in his new series of videos "The Poz+ Life."
"Wait a minute did I take my meds?" This is a question I often ask even if my pill box, mobile application, or friend says I have. Anxiety, nervousness, fear, and due diligence keep me on track to continue to the best of my ability to take my medications faithfully. For me the process of taking my three medications everyday at 9 am is an experience both with and without emotion. Every time I swallow my pills, I am reminded that HIV is living inside me.
April second through the fourth saw 55 young black men from across the nation meet in Atlanta, Georgia for the YBGLI's second Policy and Advocacy Summit. When I confirmed to my parents that I was gay so many years ago they warned me that my life would be very difficult, and that it would be full of barriers that would require me to be the very best in everything that I do. This belief stayed within and made me believe until more recently that if I was not perfect or the best in whatever I was attempting then there was no reason trying to pursue.
An additional piece in my series "HIV in the Rural Community."
Check out my new series that discusses HIV in rural communities. I interview individuals who are actually on the ground leading the fight against this growing epidemic in rural Virginia. Please share and spread the word!
So, bringing in 2014 there will be many of our loved ones, friends, family, colleagues and strangers who will be ready to begin their New Year Resolutions in hopes of completing them all by the end of the year. Let's be honest though, who ever completes every single New Year's resolution? This year I plan to do something different that I think will be successful and I invite you all to do the same.
So, I know many of you have wondered where I've been. Well, after a phenomenal year of amazing events and opportunities that has opened up for PozLifeofPatrick and me. These opportunities would not have happened without others seeing my potential and giving me a chance.