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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


Steven Emmanuel-Martinez

Steven Emmanuel-Martinez

AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention

The motivating forces behind my work in HIV prevention are my family members and friends who are living with the virus. It is my conviction to curate a world that is accessible to them -- a world without stigma, discrimination and degradation.

I have witnessed how stigma breaks familial dynamics, how ignorance damages friendships and relationships, and how people often contest learning about the virus, because the idea of knowing the truth frightens them.

Realizing early in my youth the pervasive ugliness that surrounds this virus is what has kept me involved in prevention and advocacy. I believe that the main way that we can create an AIDS-free generation is when every hand is on deck. The centerpiece of my work is to get people to realize this.

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