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A chat with Freddy Prinze Charming
RipplePHX: “What made you want to be a part of this campaign?”
Freddy: “Even with all the medical awesomeness that happening around HIV right now, there’s still a lack of education. There’s still misinformation. And if we can help identify where those are – and I can be a part of that – then that makes things even better.”
RipplePHX: “If you could do one thing to affect HIV in Arizona, what would it be?”
Freddy: “Start education around HIV earlier – like much earlier – like, high-school earlier.”
RipplePHX: “What do you think is the biggest misconception about living with HIV?”
Freddy: “That it is an immediate death sentence. It’s not. You still have to take the medication and you have to do things responsibly, but it’s not like it was 10…15…20 years ago even. It is leaps & bounds – things are far-better than what it used to be. It’s definitely not what it was.”
RipplePHX: “If you could go back in time and tell a younger version of yourself something about HIV that you know now, what would it be?”
Freddy: “When I was growing up – when I was a young queer in college – it was still very much looked at as a gay man’s disease. So lesbians never thought about it – anybody else didn’t really think about it – unless you were gay and a man, it wasn’t yours. It wasn’t something you had to think about it. As passionate as I am now about education and knowing your status, I think I would have told my younger self that this isn’t something you get to just ignore. This is something that doesn’t know race, it doesn’t know gender, it doesn’t know sexual orientation. It can affect any one, any where, any time. So, do what you need to do. Get tested, learn about it, then be responsible.”