My name is John-Paul Valdez, and I am HIV positive.
When I was first diagnosed with HIV, there was only one available anti-HIV drug and almost no clinical trials being offered. My doctors advised me to “get my affairs in order” because my T-cell count was so low that I had developed nearly a dozen different opportunistic infections.
It is still happening: Americans are dying of AIDS.
Just two weeks ago, we at AIDS Research Alliance received a business-sized envelope, posted with an “Equality Forever” stamp, and hand-addressed to our office. Inside was a birthday card that we had sent to one of our clinical trial volunteers - Kenneth Lee Zabel, and folded with it was a printout of his obituary:
Has it happened again? Two men, after receiving stem cell transplants, are showing undetectable levels of HIV.
In 2008, the “Berlin patient,” Timothy Ray Brown, became the first person in the history of this disease to be reported cured of HIV. Brown became HIV-positive in 1996. In 2006, he discovered that he had leukemia. His doctor, Gero Hutter, performed a blood stem cell transplant to treat the leukemia, using cells from a donor who had a rare genetic...
Leo Borjon, a longtime member of the clinic staff, is leaving the organization to pursue a degree as a Physician’s Assistant.
Before joining ARA, Leo was a Spanish-English interpreter and researcher in the UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest and Palomar Pomerado Health emergency rooms in San Diego. Previously, Leo spent two years in Mexico on a church mission. There, he visited with people in their communities – witnessing living conditions and lifestyle choices that severely...
Michael Williams lives in the Netherlands and travels to exotic places like the Naankuse wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, where he took this photograph with one of their three (friendly) rescued cheetahs.
Michael has an international outlook, but every month, he gives to AIDS Research Alliance, located in downtown Los Angeles.
Recently, I asked Michael what inspired his generosity to AIDS Research Alliance. He answered, “I had two twin cousins in my family, one of whom...
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