At 18, while a freshman at Norfolk State University, Larry Bryant tested positive for HIV. He was captain of his college football team, and was considered a top National Football League draft pick. He could have pursued a career in professional football, HIV or no HIV. But instead he took his life in another direction: helping to improve the lives of others.
A 21-year survivor of HIV, Larry now presses palms for the HIV/AIDS advocacy group Housing Works instead of pressing pigskin on the football field. As an activist in Washington, D.C., Larry regularly meets with politicians and political staff members to push for better funding and greater support for HIV-positive people throughout the country. But although he may be rubbing shoulders with some of the country's most powerful people, Larry always keeps it real: "I will never be as important as the people I work for," he says.
As for his social life, Larry now lives alone, having still not found the woman of his dreams. Someday, he says, he would like to get married, have children, and live happily ever after. To read more about Larry, click here.
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Larry Bryant reports that he has no significant relationships to disclose.