April 16, 2009

April 16, 2009
I'm One in a Million

Welcome to another blog entry. I am glad we are almost to the weekend even though I will be very busy Saturday doing a health fair at a Baptist church in Jacksonville. It will be the first time they have had a HIV/AIDS organization with information at their event. So I want to make sure we make a great impression.

I had my morning protein shake and did a bicep and back workout. I am doing each muscle group once a week right now. I had taken about 10 days off from the workouts after a lower back strain and do not want to re-injure myself and have to take more time off.

I spent a lot of time catching up on emails and telephone calls today. Social networking can be very exhausting since there are so many different ones. I wish there was a way to monitor and respond to all of them at once.

As those of you have visited my profile page have learned I was one of the first Americans diagnosed with HIV in 1982. I have also been an activist/advocate for our community since 1981. I currently work with AARP and Divided We Fail as an advocate on healthcare issues dealing with elected officials in DC and across the country. You can read my latest interview from the Jan/Feb issue of POZ magazine.

In March, we started a new project called "I'm One in a Million" where people with HIV and AIDS can share their stories which are featured on the website. Not only does sharing your story help those already infected with HIV but also to prevent further infections. I also use these story clips when I go to meet with your elected officials who try to reduce us to numbers on the pages of their reports. I have had most of them tell me they had never met an openly HIV positive person before so your stories help shape domestic HIV/AIDS funding and policies.

The response has been great but we can always use more stories from our fellow HIV/AIDS community members. You can view the current upload stories under the "I'm One in a Million " section of the website

If you are interested in sharing your story. It is easy to do in the comfort of your own home since most of us have cameras on our laptops or with our desktops. If you are interested in sharing your story, please email me at daddydab@dabtheaidsbearproject.com. I will email you the few requirements and instructions for filming your story.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab Garner