Josh Kruger is an award winning (and losing) writer and communications strategist. He has years of experience in communications and journalism and lived experience with HIV, homelessness, and mental illness. A member of the LGBTQ community, Josh lives in Philadelphia and has a cat.
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"If you couple two things together enough, let’s say disease prevention and shame, eventually people are going to avoid the former in order to not feel the latter."
CDC: U.S. Hispanics/Latinos Three Times More Likely to Be Diagnosed With HIV Than Whites, With Rising Rates in Gay Men
CDC acknowledges that "much work still needs to be done" to reach Latinos. Elicia Gonzales of Philadelphia's GALAEI says that funding limited to testing and linkage to care puts HIV prevention work into a vacuum that neglects the needs of many.
"Be careful kids, and just say no," says Josh Kruger. "Otherwise, one day, you'll have to sit on a couch in a studio and suffer fools gladly, inadvertently perpetuating HIV stigma along the way, because you need to promote your inspirational speaking...
Years ago, Josh Kruger rejected someone who was HIV positive because of fear. Now, living with HIV himself, he got a second chance to talk about his ignorance with the man he rejected.
"We should empower each other with knowledge; we shouldn't oppress each other with emotionally charged hogwash," says Josh Kruger, who recently faced his own self-stigma.
For Josh Kruger, fear was a big factor in his decision to delay treatment. Does fear play a part in your HIV med adherence?
After first seroconverting, for many reasons, Josh Kruger serosorted -- he only had sex with other positive guys. Since then, his attitude has changed.