Jon Santos Needs Your help to End AIDS
Welcome to My Page of Hope!
It was the year that I graduated from college that I walked in my first AIDS Walk -- 1989. My first Walk was AIDS Walk Los Angeles... and Cynthia, Oscar, Steve, and me all walked at a time where all we had was hope. Hope for a cure. Hope for a Vacine. Hope that the nightmare would end. Hope that we would win. This year, on September 29th I will walk to mark 30 years or walkingto beat this. I STILL have Hope. I am still Walking.
I have seen what walking, marching, fighting, working, collaborating, begging, and donating can achieve. We have a cocktail of medications that help people live long amazing lives. We have a pill that prevents the virus from taking hold in a person. what we still don't have is a cure and a vaccine, and that is why I am still walking.
Atlanta remains the epicenter of this pandemic. There are cities that have adopted policies, addressed, poverty, healthcare, IV drug usage, and the lack opportunity, and my city must do that too. We know if we test someone, get them connected to care, on medication, and stay adherrent, their viral load decreases to a level where they don't pass the virus on to others. That is why I am still walking.
I hope this ends soon. I amgetting tired, but until it's over -- I am still walking.
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