Justin's HIV Journal

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Justin's HIV Journal: Justin joins the RiseUpToHIV Campaign

The Campaign and how to Join
This is a Global public campaign inspired by Chelsea Clinton raising awareness by holding a simple sign for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. My vision for this campaign is to mobilize people in places across the United States and the World willing to stand up to Stigma and Rise Up To HIV, all in an effort of realizing the UN Goals of getting to ZERO. The biggest barrier I believe to realizing these goals is STIGMA.

On Facebook: simply tag RiseUpToHIV with your photo and a sentence or two about yourself, or a bio if you have one.

On Twitter: You can tweet an image and sentence to @RiseUpToHIV

If you are good with Photoshop or any other editing software you may submit a photo of yourself with the words No Shame About Being HIV Positive.

If you are not on Facebook or on twitter you can e-mail your photo to kevin@riseuptohiv.org and I will be sure to place it in the album

Here is a link to the album of those who have already participated (82 as of 1/16/2012)


Supported by Community Access National Network, a National 501c3 that has been dedicated to improving access to care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C since 1996.

Media Contact:
Kevin Maloney
e mail: kevin@riseuptohiv.org
Kevin Maloney
e mail: kevin@riseuptohiv.org

Justin's HIV Journal: Spending Time with my Foster Son

Having a foster son has put a lot of things in prospective for me. Things such as the way you talk to a younger generation, facial expressions, and inflections in your voice etc. But I know one thing that is and always has to be there and that is time.
Making time for your child whether they are your biological, foster or adoptive child is paramount. You will learn so much. You will learn what your child’s interests are, what they don’t like, who they are, and who they might want to become. We make he has his own space to be by himself but we also have family movie time.
One night my son wanted to play Jenga and I said okay we had a lot of fun. Check out the video to see who won the game. We on occasion will play board games to together and that is the important times. The times he will remember when he grows up to become an adult.
Also a lot of Foster Children do not spend time with their biological parents because of outside factors, which could be or could not be within the biological parent’s control. It is a case by case basis. At least with my son I know he needs to spend time with us, so that we can form a bond. We took him to his first Drag Show at Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant in VA and he loved it. He will remember that time always because he has never had that acceptance being an LGBT teenager. It was and will always be an affirmation that his own sexuality is normal and he needn’t be ashamed of who he is.