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 -

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