On January 16, 2019, it will have been 30 years since the airing of "The Ryan White Story" on television. Ryan White grew up in Kokomo, Indiana. At a young age he was diagnosed with severe hemophilia A, a hereditary blood coagulation disorder which made even small injuries result in severe bleeding. At the time, common treatment for hemophiliacs was weekly infusions of factor VIII, a blood product created from pooled plasma of non-hemophiliacs. In December of 1984, Ryan was treated for pneumonia and subsequently diagnosed with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) at age 13. He was one of the first children with hemophilia to be diagnosed with AIDS as a result of a tainted factor VIII infusion. Ryan was told he had six months to live. At the time, the…
Please click the post title to see image and full post! Today is National Coming Out Day! Whether you're coming out as LGBTQIA+ or coming out as HIV+, you will have our support! LGBT History Month Note: Keith Haring, the artist who designed the National Coming Out Day image you see above, was born in Pennsylvania and was an HIV+ activist.
October is LGBT History Month! We thank those in the LGBTQIA+ community and allies who fought throughout the HIV/AIDS epidemic to bring the prevention methods, education, and standard of care you see today into existence. Caring Communities could not be who or where we are without those who fought for human rights and HIV/AIDS healthcare rights with passion and compassion in the face of unspeakable loss and seemingly unending strife. Thank you for fighting for the rights of every LGBTQIA+ person who came after you, especially those who are living with HIV/AIDS today. You made a difference, and it is an honor for us to carry on the fight against HIV/AIDS.
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