Rising Up and Speaking Out About HIV and Hepatitis C
Tell Washington, D.C. to Fully Fund ADAP and Other HIV/AIDS Programs to Prevent Needless Deaths
April 25, 2011
I created this petition on change.org about three weeks ago, and it is approaching 600 signatures, though many more are needed. For those who have already signed, I thank you! Here is a link to the petition. Please sign, share on facebook, and tweet it. E mail it to friends and family, to any advocacy e mail list serves you have. I will be attending the ADAP summit in July and hope to present this petition to members of congress. Below is a brief description of the petition and the link to it.
My HIV Is My Strength; Don't Give Up! A Message of Hope
April 3, 2011
What a roller coaster of a year. First Diagnosed with HIV in March 2010 and with follow up labs in April 2010 told I had also contracted Hepatitis C genotype 1a (non IV drug user). At the same time I was dealing with an on and off again love affair with methamphetamine. I went away to The Pride Institute to get support with my dual diagnosis and addiction to methamphetamine. I can say it's now been a full year that I have not touched methamphetamine, and the compulsion to use has lifted. I realize I must still remain mindful of my prior addiction, and therefore meet with a talk-therapist on a weekly basis.
One Year Living With HIV and Hepatitis C
March 31, 2011
One year ago on March 3rd I learned that I had become infected with HIV and one month later with follow up labs learned that I had also contracted Hepatitis C through sexual contact. Fortunately, I caught both illnesses in the acute phase, and decided to go on medicine right away. I remember the day's leading up to this day waiting for my result, and then came the call from the doctor's secretary. "Kevin, the doctor needs to see you. When can you come in?"
Meet Matt and Cameron From San Diego: Together for Good
March 30, 2011
Beyond Matt and Cameron's gorgeous looks they both have big hearts. They have passion for life, for one another, and for helping in the HIV/AIDS community. Through their website and brand S&E they are giving back to the community. Visit their site for updated blog entries, fitness and nutrition advice. Their stories are filled with encouragement, words of advice, inspiration, and hope. Without further delay it's my please to introduce you to Matt and Cameron; in their own words.
Meet Anthony Polimeni: Founder of My AIDS
March 27, 2011
Being positive for HIV is not who I am. I was born in 1981, so my life has never known a world without AIDS. When I was born though, I did not know about it and it was not who or what my life was going to be. Growing up my parents instilled in me that I am meant to be anything I want. I never said that I wanted to grow up and become an AIDS activist. What my parents also taught me as well is to be the best person I can be and when I am able to do that I can be proud of who I am.
One Year Without Crystal Meth: My Goodbye Message to You
March 23, 2011
It's been one year since I last used you. I can say that my occasional weekend love affair with you is over now. I wish I had never met you through a stranger on that website I used to frequent; I didn't know who you were until that night. You kidnapped me, and for 7 years from the age of 25-32 you kept coming back to haunt me sometimes many weekends in a row, sometimes months in between last seeing you, and one time as long as 6 months without you.
My Friend's Candid Goodbye Letter to Crystal Meth and Other Addictions
March 21, 2011
This is a "Goodbye Letter to Addiction(s)" that I wrote on July 8th, 2010 while I was at Pride Institute Intensive Outpatient. It is unedited. I remember reading this out loud in my small group, and the relief I felt when I was done. If you've never taken the opportunity to do this, I encourage you to do so. Writing things out helps me to process through grief and loss ... and to move on.
It's Not Just About HIV and ME
March 20, 2011
You see, for many of us HIV is just a piece of the many challenges life will throw at us. It's just part of our story. The emotional and physical significance of having HIV will shift over time to other more pressing issues occurring in your life. While HIV maybe the primary concern in your life and an underlying cause for other medical issues in your life; many of us living with HIV have much more going on. For me HIV has been just part of my story over this past year, though it has been the MAJOR underlying factor to most everything going on in my life.
Connexion.org: An LGBT Social Networking Website
March 15, 2011
I reached out to connexion.org and an admin of the site replied to me with the below information. Personally. I have been a member of connexion.org for a long time now and compared to MH, A4A and numerous other sites I find this site to be top notch. They do not allow nude photos, and they have a verification process whereby you can have your picture certified or "authenticated." They have instant message and video capabilities built into the site as well. You can post questions on their message boards and participate in one of their groups. You can also import your blog, and favorite music. You can taylor your profile to your liking. This site is the LGBT facebook of the internet. They have various groups you can join and one such group is a HIV positive support group.
The Global HIV Story Board Project
March 13, 2011
HIV is not only a gay disease, it is a HUMAN disease and it is GLOBAL pandemic, and your stories whether in writing or on video not only help to take away the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, they remind us that HIV/AIDS is still exists. Your courageous stories I have read or heard over the past year have been powerfully uplifting, inspirational, informational, and empowering. Your stories at times have moved me to tears, have made me laugh, and have called me to action and given purpose to keep going. I chose not to give in to HIV and Hepatitis C, but to rise up above it; and a countless number of your stories from across the World helped me do just that.
Rising Up and Speaking Out About HIV and Hepatitis C
Random things about me: I am kind, caring, respectful and wanting to make a difference/impact in the World. I've been to Australia, New Zealand and 13 countries in Europe, and have traveled and lived all over the United States. I have a Bachelor's degree in Health Services Management and will be working towards my Master's In Public Health. I am an uncle of two of the MOST adorable girls in the World, and have one brother. I am a Momma's boy, and it is hard to see my mother's health in such a deteriorated state -- she has severe COPD (from 40 years of smoking). In March 2010 I was told that I have HIV and a month later, with follow-up labs, was then told I also acquired hepatitis C (not through IV drug use). I aspire to great things. Stay tuned.
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