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Positive Women

The Positive Women network really opened my eyes to a whole different segment of HIV positive women who are not really talked about or mentioned in much advocacy that I conduct in the District of Columbia. We talk soo much about MSM and their behaviors and prevention efforts but until I arrived at this forum this population of women has never come up in any of my advocacy efforts and it's not just young women it's older women that comprise most of this group.

I met some interesting and very powerful women from Chicago, Baltimore, and New York who have inspired me and armed with with valuable tools to advocate and go out in the community and fight for human rights, supportive services, as well as HIV treatment research since you have women who  are not even genetically made up like men taking the same dosage of medication and treatment. I really enjoyed these women and their life and energy and I hope the work doesn't stop here but we continue on.

Calvin Gerald

http://calvinreality.blogspot.com

My First Forum and I've learned more here than in any classroom or advocacy meeting

Today was the final day of the Catalyst Forum and I am truly sad to see it end. It was soo amazing to see how many people from all over the US come together on HIV but yet see how it effect each of us differently in our regional areas and how we fight for basic human rights such as housing and even prescription drugs. I was intimidated at first because I have never stepped foot inside any HIV conference or forum in my life and I didnt even know what to expect. But then I ran into Kathy from Philadelphia, Joy from NC and realized that there were other young activists out there just like me fighting and advocating for human rights whether it's incarceration HIV, housing and HIV, or ADAP.

In addition to gaining exceptional knowledge of what services, drugs, and supportive services are available to my community in which I advocate. I have also made very valuable connections to strengthen ties in the DC and Baltimore, MD in which I wouldn't have been able to do otherwise.

Calvin Gerald - http://calvinreality.blogspot.com

Finally

I am finally here for the the Catalyst Forum and I am very excited to be here although I missed the dinner and the registration. I am very anxious to see where everyone is in research and advocacy. I am also looking forward to working with everyone from different communities and walks of life to see how HIV/AIDS advocacy, planning, and research is impacting their communities as well as their lives.

It's very interesting to me that I live in Washington, DC but yet there is little to no funding or the idea of funding HIV/AIDS prevention or grassroots efforts is almost laughed at but you see other communities who are not highly impacted making such a difference. I believe this is a start to a great journey with everyone who is here this week for such an amazing and life changing forum.  read more »

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