Community Advocates

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Khafre Kujichagulia Abif

Khafre Kujichagulia Abif is an Atlanta based, nationally recognized HIV, Bisexual, Social Justice activist who has been living with HIV for 30 years. Khafre is the editor of two anthologies, Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens: Prayers, Poems & Affirmations for People Living with HIV/AIDS (Author House 2013) and Sistah’s Speak (Author House 2017). Read more.

Marz Albarran

I am Mars, they/them pronouns please. I’ve been alive 31 years and was born HIV+ in 1988. I was raised in inner city Chicago, Humboldt Park to be exact. It was a predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood, so I fit right in. I was adopted into a strict, conservative household. Read more.

Steven Campa

Steven Campa is a proud and confident HIV positive gay man. He has been living with HIV since April 2014. Shortly after his diagnosis, he started volunteering at a local community center around HIV prevention. After volunteering for a few months Steven was able to get into the field of Public Health and become a certified HIV tester & counselor for LA County. A few organizations that he has worked for are the Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project, AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Read more.

Davina Conner

Davina Conner was diagnosed with HIV 22 years ago a mother of two beautiful daughters who are 18 and 28 years old. When she was pregnant with her youngest daughter, she almost aborted the pregnancy in fear she would be HIV positive. But because of an HIV specialist who convinced her otherwise, she gave birth to a baby girl who was born HIV negative. Read more.

Ivy Farina

As a trans woman, I understand how difficult it can be to navigate the healthcare industry, community ignorance, and society-wide stigma all while simply trying to survive. Read more.

Bridget Gawinowicz

Bridget is a queer yoga and meditation teacher living in Philadelphia. She's been practicing yoga for over 12 years and became a 200-hour certified yoga instructor in August 2019. She is committed to making yoga accessible for every person, at every stage of their lives, at every size. Read more.

Quincy Greene

Quincy Greene was born in Georgetown, Guyana and immigrated to the United States as an infant with his family. He grew up in Brooklyn, NY and attended Bronx High School of Science. He moved to Philadelphia after high school. Read more.

Shawn Krueger

I, Shawn Krueger, have been living with HIV my entire life. Born from humble beginnings in Los Angeles County, California, life has led me down a twisting path of tragedy and success. Read more.

Kamaria Laffrey

Kamaria Laffrey is a woman living with HIV choosing to share her journey of pre-diagnosis to freedom from stigma focused on providing individuals and groups with platforms to have conversations to change the stigma related to HIV/AIDS. Read more.

JD Lee

JD Lee is a financial professional and a family man. He was diagnosed as HIV+ in 2007 and after realizing that life goes on decided to make the most of the situation. One of the ways he would like to do that is by endeavoring to be an encouragement to others. Read more.

Octavia Y. Lewis

Octavia Y. Lewis, MPA is an Activist, Advocate, Humanitarian, Mother and Scholar. Octavia is the Transgender Health Coordinator for the TransWellness Centers at Montefiore, which specializes in a holistic approach to healthcare for TGNC people in the Bronx and Beyond. Read more.

Nicholas Maio

Nicholas Maio-Aether, MSPSY, BCBA, LBA is a Licensed Sexual Behavior Analyst and Sex Therapist at Empowered: A Center for Sexuality LLC. Nicholas began providing Sexuality Education at age 16 and was diagnosed with HIV at 22 in 2009 with a T-Cell count of 199, having admittedly not taken his own advice. Read more.

Nathan Maisonet

Nathan Maisonet is a 24-year-old creative with a love for sculpting, acting, and riding motorcycles. He was diagnosed with HIV in August of 2020. Read more.

Shaina Mitchell

Shaina, originally from CT, moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University in 2007 and has been residing here ever since! She received a Masters in Public Health degree in 2013 with a concentration in Community Heath and is a Certified Heath Education Specialist (CHES). Read more.

JT Otis

My name is J.T. I am an artist/creator and advocate for my brothers and sisters living with H.I.V. I wish to share with you stories from people of all walks of life who are involved in this community of change makers. Read more.

Jessica Johns Pool

Jessica Johns Pool is Senior Medical Writer for Health Union. The first person she knew who had HIV was a high school classmate who acquired the virus through a blood transfusion. This was before the U.S. screened its blood supply and without any available treatments, he died quickly. Read more.

Kalvin Pugh

Kalvin Pugh is a Peer Educator, Patient Ambassador and Social Media Advocate. He was diagnosed with HIV+ in May of 2016. Read more.

Heather Renee

Heather Renee found out about being positive when an HIV opportunistic infection almost took her life in October of 2017. Read more.

Jahlove Serrano

Jahlove Serrano is a health educator youth advocate HIV/AIDS activist androgynous model/runway coach /Drag Queen/background dancer/and choreographer to the stars. He’s a Guatemalan/American native of Bronx New York. Read more.

Ze

Hi, my name is Ze. I'm in my late twenties with an amazing son, which I will probably mention a lot in aspects of my life. My son is the best thing to ever have happened to me and has taught me so much, unconditional love. I was given a new stepping stone in my crazy life road in 2017, and that was my diagnosis of HIV. Read more.

Zora Voyce

My name is Zora Voyce, and I was born with HIV on January 10th, 1997. On my 23rd birthday, I became open to the public on social media about my status to better advocate for the positive representation of individuals living with HIV in the mass media along with supporting sex-positive sexual education. Read more.

Former Advocates

Guy Anthony

Guy Anthony is a well-respected HIV/AIDS activist, community leader and author. Diagnosed with HIV as a teen, Guy has dedicated his adult life to the pursuit of neutralizing local and global HIV/AIDS-related stigmatization. He released Pos(+)tively Beautiful: Affirmations, Advocacy & Advice on World AIDS Day in 2012. Read more.

Robert Breining

Robert's goal has always been to connect positive people with one another by offering them a safe space to share openly about HIV. POZ I AM Radio does just that. Read more.

Kiy'Ziah Vaughn

As a black transgender womxn current sex-worker, human rights leader, public-speaker, public-figure, pro-politics, organizer, activist, and film-producer working on the documentary POLICING OUR BODIES has given me a creative way to share my life experience walking as a black transgender womxn. Read more.

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