World AIDS Day — 30 year anniversary (Project Headshot Clinic and The Red Whistle)

It’s sort of like clockwork for me now, I guess, to write something on this day. For ten years now, I’ve been celebrating World AIDS Day making as much noise online as possible. 

I mean, after all, I am a person living with HIV. I have been told by a doctor that I had AIDS twice in my life — in 2008 when I was getting hit by opportunistic infections left and right for that whole year and again, in 2010, when I went off meds and my meningitis came back — and I managed to pull through.

Photo by Niccolo Cosme for Project Headshot Clinic on World AIDS Day 

It’s funny since I never really celebrated it before I was a PLHIV.

But on the thirtieth year of the World AIDS Day celebration, I am reminded that there are thousands, hundreds of thousands — even millions — of people who are fighting the good fight, a lot of them are not even positive, and they’ve been doing it far longer than I have.

I am not alone in this. I have never been alone in this.

When our rays of light come together, we shine brighter and stronger. This is my pledge to continue my commitment to use my voice in the fight to end AIDS.

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