March 3, 2009

March 3, 2009
Denver Principles Project

Thanks for stopping by to check out what is going on in another day of my life. We are in the middle of another cold front here in north Florida. Sunny skies but bitterly cold and windy.

But our weather is nothing compared to most of the eastern half of the United States which is buried in snow in many places. So I will stop my complaining and be glad we are suppose to warm up by this weekend.

I had a very hard time getting to sleep last night because of my neuropathy. For those of you who do not know about HIV neuropathy, it is when the nerve endings in your legs and hands are "killed" due to medications or medical problems. For me, it is like having my legs and hands in a vice grip with nails in it when the neuropathy is at it's worse. So I was up and down most of the night.

Speaking about HIV and AIDS, have you heard about the Denver Principles Project?

Talk about a smooth transition... In 1983, a group of people living with AIDS got together in Denver and wrote a manifesto of self empowerment known as the Denver Principles for those living with HIV. The Denver Principles demanded that the voices of people living with HIV be heard. It asserted the right of people living with HIV to participate in the decision making processes at all levels that would fundamentally affect their lives. The same people who wrote the Denver Principles then founded the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA).

Though we have made significant headway in the fight against AIDS, we still have a long way to go before HIV is eradicated. Many people still do not know that they are HIV positive; many can not afford or access treatment and many do not seek the emotional support, medical care and treatment they deserve for fear of being stigmatized or criminalized for being HIV positive.

That is why Dab the AIDS Bear project with NAPWA and POZ are announcing a bold new initiative called The Denver Principles Project. The Denver Principles Project will recommit the HIV community to the Denver Principles and dramatically increase NAPWA's membership. With a vastly increased membership, NAPWA will be better able to advocate for effective HIV prevention and care as well as to combat the stigma that surrounds HIV and impedes education, prevention and treatment of HIV.

This is a new era in America, one of great hope. It is vital that the voices and concerns of people living with HIV are heard in Washington DC during these critical first few months of the new administration. The Denver Principles was a historic milestone for the AIDS movement; by joining us today, you will become part of a similarly powerful step forward in the history of the HIV community's fight to stop AIDS.

The names of all individuals, organizations and companies who show their support for the Denver Principles Project by March 15 will be published in POZ Magazine's special 15th anniversary May issue. This issue will be hand delivered to members of Congress and the Obama administration during AIDS Watch on Capitol Hill on April 27-29.

Join us and click on the link below to register and add your voice for change.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab