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Patrick Ingram


S**t Said to Poz Guys Online
March 22, 2015

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:

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Patrick Ingram Interviews Miss America 2010
February 24, 2015

Patrick Ingram discusses national Black HIV/AIDS awareness day with Miss America 2010, one of the spokespeople for the awareness day.

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Life Gives You Lemons so Make a Stiff Drink
November 20, 2014

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.

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The Poz+ Life Episode 1 (Video)
June 3, 2014

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."

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Wait a Minute, Did I Take My Meds?
May 18, 2014

"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.

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Young, Black, Gay/Bisexual/Queer/Trans Men Are In!
April 24, 2014

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.

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Why Talking About HIV & AIDS in Rural Communities Is Important (Video)
April 13, 2014

An additional piece in my series "HIV in the Rural Community."

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HIV in Rural Communities, Part 1 (Video)
February 21, 2014

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!

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New Year New Us! 3 Challenges for People Living With HIV for This Year
January 14, 2014

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.

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Patrick Ingram's Review of 2013: A Year of Learning and Growing
January 2, 2014

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.

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Patrick Ingram

Patrick Ingram

Patrick is a gay African-American male who is living with HIV. Patrick was diagnosed December 1, 2011 (World AIDS Day). Never the kind of individual to accept defeat, he has worked hard to spread awareness, education, resources and support to his community. By using his blog, his YouTube channel, and working alongside the Northern Virginia Gay Men's Health Collaborative and the Fredericksburg Area HIV AIDS Support Services (FAHASS), Patrick has worked hard to empower youth and people of color to know their HIV status and take steps to continue to care for themselves (positive or negative).

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