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

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

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Becoming an AIDS activist/advocate is not something most people grow up thinking they will do -- it's not exactly a job like "firefighter," "lawyer" or "doctor." For people who find themselves advocating for those living with HIV and those at risk, it usually means that someone or something -- a mentor, a life event, a change in perception -- led them to take up the mantle for those affected by HIV. For many people of color, finding a mentor or knowing someone living with HIV is often the catalyst to becoming a brother or sister in the struggle against HIV/AIDS. To explore this idea further, we asked a handful of black HIV/AIDS activists, "Who or what got you involved in HIV prevention and care in communities of color -- especially the black community?"

Becoming an AIDS activist/advocate is not something most people grow up thinking they will do -- it's not exactly a job like "firefighter," "lawyer" or "doctor." For people who find themselves advocating for those living with HIV and those at risk, it usually means that someone or something -- a mentor, a life event, a change in perception -- led them to take up the mantle for those affected by HIV. For many people of color, finding a mentor or knowing someone living with HIV is often the catalyst to becoming a brother or sister in the struggle against HIV/AIDS. To explore this idea further, we asked a handful of black HIV/AIDS activists, "Who or what got you involved in HIV prevention and care in communities of color -- especially the black community?"