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Who or What Got You Involved in HIV/AIDS Activism in the Black Community?

A Part of Our "Word on the Street" Series

February 25, 2014


Patrick Ingram

Patrick Ingram

Testing Coordinator, Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services, and Blogger,

I got involved in HIV prevention after I noticed the positive feedback, support, and effectiveness my YouTube channel received when it started. I started doing videos, which resulted in the website PozLifeofPatrick, which I created when I noticed there were not many young HIV-positive African-American men who were openly discussing topics surrounding HIV via social media.

My brother in this battle Justin B. Terry-Smith (pictured, on the left) keeps me motivated to continue the work when it gets tough. He's that perfect mentor I have had since I started doing this work.

When I was initially diagnosed, I had so many issues connecting to care, I wanted to give up. My good friend Corey literally picked me up and took me to Whitman Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C., where I was linked into care. Without him I would have never gotten into care nor gained the empowerment I needed to do that work in HIV advocacy and prevention that I do now.

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