I've spent the past few days in Washington, DC meeting some wonderful people fighting for their lives and the lives of those they love. Together, we engaged in rich dialogue and each of us took turns to vent our anger and frustration with our community - no matter whether it is LGBT, straight, black, white, latino or other - in letting us down and failing to mobilize around this crisis and advocate for those who are too frail.
Journeys to Washington, DC and other cities for conferences often takes a hefty toll on my body that is actively beating down the HIV virus and this trip was no different. Each night I woke around 4am to night sweats and nightmares. Each day there were many moments when a bathroom could simply not be close enough.
Since joining the Bilerico family, I'm often intimidated since I'm not the greatest of writers. As I continue this fight for myself and others to secure their HIV/AIDS medications, I'm finding I need to push myself in many ways so I made a video message on my last day in Washington, DC to ask you to join the fight.
Continue reading to learn how you can get more involved.
One of the actions we agreed was to film and circulate short videos of people sharing their concerns and fears with the fast growing ADAP crisis. I would like to invite the Bilerico community to participate and join in this effort.
Many of us have webcams and digital cameras. Well, now is the time to begin to learn how to use them, because its life and death for thousands living with HIV/AIDS.
Please send me a short digital video of you, a friend or family member sharing:
What's your name?
Where you. (city and state)
Are you a person living with HIV/AIDS or do you care for someone who has HIV/AIDS?
What is the AIDS Drug Assistance Program important to you or someone you care about?
What are your fears if you or a loved one should lose access to their HIV/AIDS medications?
What should President Obama and the US Congress do to solve the crisis?
The real fears of many with access to life sustaining medications are growing fast that they will soon lose access, get sick and die. For those on a wait list and without access to HIV/AIDS medications, this fear may soon be their reality.
I was able to be in Washington, DC for 6 days and 5 nights because of the support from The AIDS Institute, AAA+, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Randy Allgaier and David Brakebill. Each stepped up and was generous enough to donate the flight, waive registration, take me to dinner or just let me crash in their hotel room and hope I don't snore. It was proof that when times are tough, a community can rally as a unite force.