The Lasting Impact of Ryan White

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.[1] At the time, common treatment for hemophiliacs was weekly infusions of factor VIII, a blood product created from pooled plasma of non-hemophiliacs.[2] 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.[3] Ryan was told he had six months to live. At the time, the…
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Today is Trans Day of Remembrance

AIDS, Blog, Caring Communities, HIV
Please click the post link to see the image, full text, and video. From GLAAD: "Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. You can read more about the Transgender Day of Remembrance below, and find out how you can participate. Additionally, during the week of November 13-19, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address the issues trans people face."
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Today is National Coming Out Day!

Blog, Caring Communities, HIV
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.
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