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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

How Jimmy Kimmel's Story About His Son Relates to HIV Health Care: A Video Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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How Jimmy Kimmel's Story About His Son Relates to HIV Health Care: A Video Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"First they check your wallet and then they check your pulse."

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My HIV/AIDS Activism Includes Fighting for Racial Justice: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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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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8 Ways to Fight Poverty to End HIV: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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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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Charlie Sheen's Disclosure Brings Exploitation of HIV-Positive People to Light: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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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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An Open Letter to Danny Pintauro: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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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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Let Me Clear My Throat on White Men in Communities of Color: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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Let Me Clear My Throat on White Men in Communities of Color: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

In the middle of turbulent times, when we are trying to prove that #blacklivesmatter, how can white gay allies add to the conversation? And what does this conversation mean for those in the fight against HIV?

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The Real Casualties in the PrEP-Battle: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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The Real Casualties in the PrEP-Battle: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

I sit waiting at a coffee shop in the Central West End at the Washington University in St. Louis Medical School. This meeting, like most these days, are spent working on strategic planning for implementing PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), a one-pill-...

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Let HIV-Negative People Decide Their Own Prevention! A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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Let HIV-Negative People Decide Their Own Prevention! A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"Regardless of whether opponents want to admit it or not, 'bio-medical prevention' is the key to reducing new-HIV infections in the highest-risk groups where previous risk-reductions methods have failed."

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Meth, PrEP and What Could Have Been: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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Meth, PrEP and What Could Have Been: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

Let me take a second to debunk a commonly held myth: "Meth is not fun or pleasurable." That simply is not true, in the beginning. The fact is that there is something about the experience of using meth that seemed attractive to me. The truth is that t...

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Have We Reached a Point Where AIDS Is Funny? A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img
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Have We Reached a Point Where AIDS Is Funny? A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"Is AIDS funny? Have we reached a point in our culture where the death of millions of people is funny? Is AIDS nothing more than a punch line to a joke that is told at parties?"

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