Aaron Laxton

I am simply a guy who on June 6, 2011, received the news that over 33 million people have received: I am HIV positive. I decided in that split moment to record the journey that I was embarking on so that I might help others as they receive that news.

I am not a doctor and I do not endorse any agenda other than simply living a healthy life. I am an activist and advocate and simply want to make the world a better place. I hold a degree in sociology and psychology. I am a product of the Missouri Foster System and this is one of my main passions, second only to the work I do with HIV/AIDS outreach and prevention.

I embrace a sex-positive model. People are going to have sex; it is a natural part of who we are. However we need to make sure that it is safe. I can be found on weekends throughout St. Louis, Missouri, passing out condoms and safe-sex kits.

I am now an M.S.W. student at Saint Louis University's College of Public Health and Social Justice and the School of Social Work.

Whether in St. Louis, D.C. or around the nation, I always jump at the chance to help change not only policies to better serve those that need help but to also change the landscape of the society that we live in.

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Latest by Aaron Laxton

My HIV/AIDS Activism Includes Fighting for Racial Justice: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"People do not need to die, whether it is as a result of AIDS-related illnesses or at the hands of police," Aaron Laxton writes. "What I and many others advocate for might originate from different mechanisms of injustice, but they often impact the sa...

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This is More Than the Orlando Shooting

Hate is spurred on by the rhetoric of "‪bathroom bills" and‪ "religious freedom restoration" acts, says Aaron Laxton. "And these same politicians now dare to offer condolences via social media and news sound bites."

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8 Ways to Fight Poverty to End HIV: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"Why do we see high HIV rates in low-income communities?" asks Laxton. "Each of us need to examine the role that we play in ending poverty and all of the collateral damage that it causes."

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Panic Over HIV Infection While on PrEP Is Not Necessary: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"Social media has been abuzz today, with people sharing the news that a gay man who was taking Truvada as PrEP has contracted a drug-resistant strain of HIV," Laxton writes. "There is only one small problem that people are failing to recognize -- thi...

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Considering Gender When Exploring HIV-Trauma Therapy Interventions: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

As blogger Aaron Laxton continues his education in clinical social work, he has discovered mental health isn't focused on enough when it comes to the complete care of people living with HIV, particularly for women.

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Falling Short: Where Charlie Sheen's Interview With Dr. Oz Didn't Hit the Mark -- A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

After watching actor Charlie Sheen's latest interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz, he asks the question, "Is there an expectation that once people become HIV positive that they will become advocates?"

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Charlie Sheen's Disclosure Brings Exploitation of HIV-Positive People to Light: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"The exploitation of people living with HIV is not a new phenomenon. I have heard countless stories of how a person will hold that information over a former friend's or ex-lover's head," Laxton says.

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Charlie Sheen Has the Right to Privacy

Today the media and tabloids are circling around Charlie Sheen reporting that they are going to disclose information about his health. It is my belief that every person has the right to privacy when it comes to their own health information, HIV or ot...

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An Open Letter to Danny Pintauro: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

Aaron Laxton asks Danny Pintauro to be mindful of his actions and statements as a person with HIV, saying he could easily derail the work of others.

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