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About the Arizona HIV Needs Survey
The purpose of the HIV Needs Survey is to gain a better understanding of current access to testing, treatment and prevention services. By sharing needs, experiences and barriers, your feedback will help to highlight what has gone right with HIV services and how they can be improved.
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A chat with Jesús Thomason-Méndez
RipplePHX: “What made you want to be a part of this campaign?”
Jesús: “I love to volunteer to help LQBTQ+ Community.”
RipplePHX: “Was there a moment when your eyes opened or when HIV became more important in your life?”
Jesús: “Absolutely. The moment was when I was sick in the hospital for two weeks when I learned I had HIV. It opened my eyes, it opened my eyes, and it really made me feel like learning about HIV is very important.”
RipplePHX: “What do you think needs to happen to reduce the stigma around HIV?”
Jesús: “Be heard. Be yourself. Don’t be ashamed of yourself. What people need to understand is that you can live with HIV, and you can be happy and have a normal life.”
RipplePHX: “What do you wish people knew about living with HIV?”
Jesús: “I would say do not feel ashamed about yourself. You can have a regular and happy life living with HIV. There’s gonna be people that won’t like it. But it’s your life, but as long as your happy with it and proud of it and take care of yourself – that’s what matters.”
RipplePHX: “If you could go back in time and tell a younger version of yourself something you now know about HIV, what would it be?”
Jesús: “Learn about [HIV]. Protect yourself. And ask the community questions or ask them for help if you need it.”